Based out of Vista, Mother Earth Brew Co is one of the OG, pioneering breweries in North County. Although their Hop Diggity is one of our favorite DIPAs in the greater San Diego area, they also brew some impeccable lesser hopped ales.Read more
IPA – India Pale Ales
IPA stands for India Pale Ale. Yes, its technically a “pale ale“ but we gave IPA its own category due to its popularity, and our love for the style.
The name India Pale Ale was originated back in the early-mid 1800s, since beer brewed in England was exported to their colony in India. Some contest that more hops were added to the beer to survive the long journey by sea, but this may also be a myth.
You can find American or English style IPAs, and Imperial IPAs (aka Double IPAs) designate an ABV above 7.5%. Session and Triple IPAs are two more emerging variations.
When the can brags “Hoppy • Citra • IPA”, odds are you won’t be disappointed. During Booming Rollers season, it’s the only time of year Blazing World sales are down in our household.Read more
We thought it would be a cool experience to try both MerBears, but doubted Bear Republic’s iteration would ever make it down to San Diego. Lucky for us, Bear Republic reached out the next day, and offered to send us theirs.Read more
MerBear Rye IPA was a collaboration between Coronado Brewing Company in San Diego, and Bear Republic Brewing Co. from Healdsburg, CA. The name of the beer was chosen as a mash-up of both their mascots.Read more
The Mosaic hop offers a unique, often pungent citrus bomb-like flavor, which this IPA most certainly showcased. It was like Karl Strauss took their Mosaic Session Ale, and put it on steroids.Read more
Even if this review does not convince you how damn delicious it is, do yourself a favor and go seek out a pour of this beer, because Hop Boxed is one of the best IPAs San Diego has to offer.Read more
Stone’s latest iteration of Enjoy By goes by “Unfiltered”, which is exactly what it sounds like. An India Pale Ale that has not gone through any fining process to remove excess yeast and sediment before bottling.Read more
Having already tried KBS months ago, All Day IPA was the Founders release we were most excited to try next. Which was weird, since neither of us are huge Session Ale fans.Read more
Jolly Folly was not only a tasty IPA, but we learned it helped satisfy our hoppy cravings during the onslaught of dark spiced ales and winter warmers. A hoppy holiday way to perk up your palate!Read more
AleSmith Double Red IPA debuted in October, but we have been enjoying this holiday ale for years! Huh? What? How is that possible exactly? This fall, AleSmith YuleSmith Winter Holiday Ale was re-branded.Read more
Enjoy By 11.27.15 Black IPA was the first run of bottles in Stone Brewing’s new subset of their highly acclaimed Enjoy By series. Billed as the “dark side of fresh”, it was limited to California.Read more
We bought our bottle of Enjoy After 10.31.15 Brett IPA in September 2014, and cellared it for the recommended year. The beer was properly stored until opening on 11.1.15, one day after its “Enjoy After” date.Read more