Topic Archives: Imperial IPA

Posted in New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone debuts Soaring Dragon Imperial IPA with white peony tea

Stone Soaring Dragon Imperial IPA

When a brewer visits the Tianshan Tea City in Shanghai, it’s pretty much a given a beer will come out of it. Stone Soaring Dragon Imperial IPA joins the brewery’s lineup this month.

White peony tea is a first in Stone’s beers, who has used green tea a few times in the past (see: Baird/Ishii/Stone Green Tea IPA.) According to the brewery, the team was really “blown away” after trying the white peony tea. The floral qualities of the tea really had the potential to play well with some new hop varieties. In this case, Citra and Loral.

Per Stone, the flavor profile: Raspberry, cinnamon stick, and clover honey with hints of coconut and papaya, spearmint, sage, clean white tea, and grapefruit pith.

Stone Soaring Dragon is available in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ White Peony Tea)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 22oz Bottles.
Debut: April 2020

8% ABV, 38 IBUs

Image: Stone Brewing

Posted in Coming Soon, Founders Brewing

Founders 4 Giants IPA ships nationally in April

Founders 4 Giants IPA

Founders 4 Giants IPA is headed to the brewery’s 50 state distribution footprint in April. 

This new 9.2% alcohol by volume India pale ale is a mashup of four different imperial IPAs. The sum of the four parts is what Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki says captures “the essence of what I think is the classic Imperial IPA.”

“Everything about it is totally in-your-face, but the flavor dynamics still manage to work together to create a well-balanced beer that is extremely fun to drink.”

Founders 4 Giants IPA will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft nationally starting in April 2020.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release, April-June.
Debut: April 2020

9.2% ABV

Posted in New Realm Brewing, Seasonal Return

New Realm Radegast Triple IPA makes a 3rd appearance

New Realm Radegast Triple IPA Labels

New Realm Radegast Triple IPA returns to the Atlanta brewery’s lineup on January 14th.

When New Realm opened its first facility in Atlanta just over a year ago, brewmaster Mitch Steele celebrated with a big imperial IPA known as Radegast. The 11.5% alcohol by volume “triple IPA” features Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops, plus a touch of Dextrose sugar. New Realm has since added a second location in Virginia.

This boozy hop bomb is back for a third time this month- a pretty epic imperial IPA that is nostalgic of a time when IPAS didn’t need candy and lactose and flour to make you love it. This is an old school, west coast IPA and it’s glorious.

Expect huge citrus, resin and peach flavors plus mild malt character in both nose and taste. Radegast is aggressively bitter and full-bodied due to its alcohol content, but it’s not sweet.

New Realm Radegast Triple IPA is available on-site at the brewery on starting January 14th. (Atlanta)

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: 1/14/20

11.5% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Headlines, Russian River Brewing

Pliny the Younger will finally be bottled in 2020

Russian River Pliny the Younger Bottles

One of the most sought after India pale ales on planet Earth – Pliny the Younger, will finally be bottled for the first time in 2020.

California’s Russian River Brewing has achieved platinum status in the craft brewing industry, in both the sour/wild ale category and the India pale ale category. Most notably, three epic IPAs – Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, and once a year – Pliny the Younger. Each unique and forever memorable in their own right – each making a pretty massive impression on the beer world. None garner so much fanfare and fervor like Pliny the Younger

Once a year, lines form in late winter, for the once-a-year taste of the “Younger,” which finds those in attendance wondering if Russian River Brewing ever bottle this- the most elusive IPA in the industry, will ever be bottled.

We have our answer.

Russian River Pliny the Younger will be available in bottles on February 7th, 2020.

On the 16th release of this triple IPA, always tapped and celebrated on first Friday in February… Younger will be available in bottles. Even Russian River let their faithful to believe they probably would never see this day.

Thanks to the added capacity, space, and production ability with Russian River’s Windsor, California location they opened in the past year, Pliny the Younger in bottles is officially a reality. Younger will be available at both brewpubs on February 7th-20th, 2020. Guests will be able to buy 2 bottles at either brewpub, tracked by a fourth tab on the wristband they receive upon entering.

There will be no distribution of Younger bottles. Draft distribution starts the second week of February 2020.

 

Posted in New Realm Brewing, New Releases

New Realm finishes October on a hazy note with Tyrannosaurus Flex

New Realm Tyrannosaurus Flex

New Realm Tyrannosaurus Flex, a new hazy imperial IPA debuts Halloween week 2019.

This imperial can of haze is rocking a sweet 80’s vibe and one of the largest land predators to ever exist. The brewing team used all New Zealand hops for this release – specifically Moteuka, Wai-ti, and Rakau.

Brewed exclusively with hops from New Zealand…combined with Norwegian Kviek yeast gives this monster DIPA a cretaceous amount of juicy, fruity notes such as mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, and citrus.

New Realm Tyrannosaurus Flex is available in 16-ounce cans and draft at both the Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations for a limited time.

Style: Juicy/Hazy IPA (Imperial IPA)
Hops: Motueka, Wai-Ti, Rakau
Malts: Proximity Pale, Flaked Oats, Wheat
Yeast: Kviek

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Late October 2019

8.5% ABV, 35 IBUS

Posted in Coming Soon, Sixpoint Craft Ales

Sixpoint is releasing the last cans in their current taproom on October 26th

Sixpoint-Cans-October-2019

Sixpoint Brewery will be releasing the last cans in their current taproom this weekend. After that, the brewery is taking a release hiatus until they move into their new brewery and taproom in Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York.

That taproom has seen 26 can releases. 65 new beer releases. This weekend, Sixpoint wraps it all up with three special releases.

On October 26th, Mega Raspy, The Mayor, and Double Oaked Master Blend will be available

  • Mega Raspy – A “mega” edition inspired by the previous Raspy releases. Mega Raspy is described as an “insane” berry medley that is a big 10% ABV
  • The Mayor – Imperial IPA, brewed in honor of Mark Speigel, the “Mayor of Sixpoint” that has been to nearly every Sixpoint release. Mark passed away last year. A hazy IPA with Idaho 7, Galaxy, Mandarina, Simcoe, and Centennial.
  • Double Oaked Master Blend – Brewed in collaboration with Jameson and the Caskmates Program. A 14.5% double aged imperial stout.

All three releases will be available in 12-ounce cans on Saturday, October 26th started at 11 am.

Posted in New Releases, Wild Leap Brew Co.

All Chinook hops: Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol 9

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol 9

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol 9 joins the ongoing imperial IPA series in October.

The Alpha Abstraction Series is designed to highlight a specific hop varietal. This edition is built on Michigan grown Chinook hops. While this particular hop is known to be big on pine flavors with hints of pineapple, this particular crop is the reverse- pineapple first, with hints of pine.

“With Michigan Chinook, we are finding that those flavors have almost flipped, and we are getting a much sweeter result with a strong pineapple essence.” – Chris Elliott, Head Brewer

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol 9 is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: October 2019

8% ABV