We have always been suckers for rye or black IPAs, so we had really been looking forward to September, when Aurora – Red • Rye • IPA dropped. Now that Aurora has arrived, we cannot stop drinking it.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.
We thought Tropical & Juicy was the best of the Hop Freshener Series, but who knows — it may have just been the “freshest” on our tastebuds.Read more
Power Plant lived up to its billing with almost too much power, but still managed to stay drinkable while it electrified our tastebuds with hop tanginess. At 11%, this is the only power plant in America that will put your lights out.Read more
Holy Citra! This IPA was criminally delicious… This India Pale Ale was in fact dank, and resinous, and sticky, and whatever other buzzwords get egregiously thrown around IPAs these days.Read more
Lemon & Grassy, the third installment in The Hop Concept’s Hop Freshener Series, hit shelves last weekend. The precursors in their limited series were Dank & Sticky, followed by Citrus & Piney.Read more
Hop-de-ranged quad IPA left our tastebuds burning with hoppy goodness. It started with a sharp attack of citrus rind up front, followed by bold tropical sweetness, and a stinging resiny bite for the finish.Read more
Until the finish, you almost forgot you were drinking an IPA, but you soon got a flavorful reminder. The roast and sweetness are overtaken by the flavor you have been waiting for — a spicy bite of rye, with the pininess of an IPA.Read more
Citrus & Piney was also brewed with orange zest, so between that special ingredient, its name, and Azacca hops, we kind of had an idea where things were headed…Read more
There was so much tastiness swirling through this ale, it was really difficult to put a finger on it. Just know this – Mosaic IPA was fruity, juicy, and delicious. Sara may have put it best — it was like a fresh, hoppy fruit salad.Read more
The Hop Concept’s initial offering was one of the better IPAs we’ve had in a while. We had high hopes for their Hop Freshener series, and they delivered. But why expect anything less from Lost Abbey / Port?Read more
We had Black Market’s Holiday Triple Black Rye IPA during Christmas, and fell in love with it. Once we saw they brewed a quadruple IPA, we could not wait for Seek & Destroy’s February release.Read more
Hopslam started sweet from the honey, and then some bitterness began to form. Then all of a sudden — BAM! It slammed into your tastebuds, with a bigger punch of hops over a sweet underlying layer of malt.Read more