A new riff on one of Georgia’s most popular India pale ales returns today – Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze.
Tropicalia, Creature Comfort’s year-round IPA has truly made a name for itself in the southeast. Building on that popularity, the Athens, Georgia based brewery has released Tropicalisma, and Double Dry Hop Trop into the small-batch “Trop” inspired family. This week, Imperial Trop Haze, a beer that might just be the holy grail to Tropicalia lovers is back in action.
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The biggest Tropicalia fans ate this release up when it first debuted last two years ago. Between the name, and the hops (Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy), and the reputation, Imperial Trop Haze lingers very long.
Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze is available in 16-ounce cans and draft, presumably with the largest distribution to date.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Galaxy
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery Only.
Latest Return: 8/5/20
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Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy imperial IPA has returned in July 2020.
This 9.5% alcohol by volume IPA delivers big on hops: Columbus, Mandarina Bavaria, Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, Mosaic, Comet, and Galaxy to be exact. The “secret sauce” according to the brewery is the extra-dry finish and the “big citrusy melony nose”.
16-ounce cans of Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy will be available at the brewery’s Trabert Avenue location on September 27th.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Columbus, Mandarina Bavaria, Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, Mosaic, Comet, Galaxy
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: July 2020
9.5% ABV, 95 IBUs
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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.
8% ABV, 38 IBUs
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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
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
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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.