Topic Archives: Imperial IPA

Posted in AleSmith Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Baseball great Tony Gwynn’s namesake beer is going national

AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale

In 2014, San Diego based AleSmith Brewing is released San Diego Pale Ale .394, named for the late baseball great Tony Gwynn’s batting average at the end of the 1994 season.

In 2015 after Gwynn’s passing, AleSmith released Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394. This edition was big on American hops, weighing in at a much higher 9% alcohol by volume.

Staring this month, AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is going into national distribution.

“Tony’s spirit and the friendship we developed while working together has brought the Gwynn and Zien families incredibly close. We hold the Tony Gwynn 5.5K run and walk annually with proceeds benefitting the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is just one more way for us to keep the memory of our dear friend alive.” –  Peter Zien, AleSmith CEO

Look for Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 in 22 ounce bottles in AleSmith distribution territories starting this moth.

Style: Imperial Pale Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: July, 2017

9% ABV

Posted in Bearded Iris Brewing, New Releases

The wittiest IPA in Nashville. Bearded Iris Ever Clever

Bearded Iris Ever Clever

Bearded Iris Ever Clever isavailable starting today at the brewery in Nashville, Tennessee.

In what the brewery calls their “wittiest DIPA” to date, the imperial IPA is a “repartee” of Moteuka, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Centennial hops.

Bursting…Foxy…Intricate

Bearded Iris Ever Clever is available in 16 ounce cans and draft, starting June 30th at 2 pm.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Moteuka, Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennial

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 6/30/17

8.5% ABV

Image: Bearded Iris Brewing

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Huge on Citra hops: The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded

The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded

Meet another huge India pale ale. The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded debuts today in Richmond, Virginia.

The base beer starts as We Ded Mon, a 100% Citra hopped imperial IPA. The variable on this 11% alcohol by volume monster is double dry-hopped, again with citra hops.

The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded is available in 16 ounce cans starting at 4 pm on June 27th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 6/27/17

11% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Mocha IPA is a chocolatey, citrusy, coffee buzz

Stone Mocha IPA

Stone Mocha IPA will be back in action this month across the brewery’s entire distribution network.

Taking the brewery’s love of India pale ales, and adding coffee and chocolate, and this new seasonal was born. Stone already excels at India pale ales. That little touch of chocolate and coffee makes this imperial IPA impossible to put down. So much so, another coffee and chocolate recipe was recently a part of the Enjoy By Series. 

One of the best IPAs in Stone’s lineup. Everyone already knows Stone Brewing and hops are a match made in heaven. Some of their IPAs are extremely hoppy, some are citrus heavy, tropical, even fruited. Adding coffee and chocolate to hoppy/bitter IPA has been hit or miss in final flavor for years. Then we try Stone Mocha IPA, and we are sold. Coffee and chocolate can truly play well together. Chocolate flavors fade to coffee, with a burst of citrusy hops rounding out each sip. Weird and wonderful beginning to end.

RELATED: Beers with chocolate

Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.

Stone Mocha IPA is a draft and 12 ounce bottle offering, returning in June, 2017.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Chocolate, Coffee.)
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal offering.

Debut: June, 2016
Returning: June, 2017

9% ABV, 80 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Bearded Iris Brewing, New Releases

Bearded Iris Overtones debuts today

Bearded Iris Overtones

Bearded Iris Overtones, a new imperial IPA, debuts at the Nashville brewery today.

The 8.2% alcohol by volume imperial is brewed with Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. Per Bearded Iris, “Our most symphonic #DIPA yet melding citra, amarillo & mosaic and crescendoing at 8.2%”

Bearded Iris Overtones is available in 16 ounce cans at the brewery starting Friday, June 16th at 2 pm.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 6/16/17

8.2% ABV

Image: Bearded Iris Brewing

Posted in Founders Brewing, Seasonal Return

Founders reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA returns in June

Founders reDANKulous 2017

Founders reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA, once the 13th offering in the brewery’s “Backstage Series”, returns in mid-June.

The imperial IPA is billed as a “no-frills” offering, hopped with Chinook, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. Just calling it “hoppy” is an understatement.

It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around.

Founders reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA was bottled again the last week of May. Look for it across the brewery’s distribution footprint in June, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Chinook, Mosaic, and Simcoe
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. June- Sept
Latest Return: June, 2017

9.5% ABV

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Double dry hopped: The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night

The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night

The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night debuts in cans on May 30th. This one is all about the dry-hop.

Broz Broz is the “brother” beer to Citra hop heavy Broz Night Out. The Veil opted to double dry-hop this edition, uping it what they call cray-cray status.

This one turned out insane. We love the base beer, but with the DDH treatment, it’s just cray cray.

The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night will be available in all it’s hazy goodness when the brewery opens on May 30th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 5/30/17

9% ABV

Image: The Veil Brewing