In Love with IPAs

Chelsie & Bella (the Beer Cat)Because you know I’m all about that hops… ’bout that hops… no treble!
While I do like and appreciate all styles of craft beer, I veer a hard right to the delicious and juicy India Pale Ales: singles, doubles and triples. My preference in this style of beer is more towards the tropical flavors and aroma – big bold mango, tangerine, papaya and even pineapple – that come from hop varieties like Citra, Amarillo, Equinox and Galaxy just to name a few.  But I do enjoy an IPA full of floral and piney notes every now and again.

Fellow craft beer lovers often ask me what my favorite beer is and that always stumps me. I mean, I’ve had so many different beers over the past 2 decades of beer exploration and you really can’t narrow it down to just one. And, my tastes change over time and by the season. Not to mention, brewers are constantly pushing the envelope on their recipes and quality of brew. Beers just keep getting better and better.

But for now, if I were to narrow it down to just IPAs and IPAs over the past 12 months, these would be my favorites. I must give the disclaimer that these are in no particular ranking or order. This is not a “top 10 list,” mind you. While I’ve had a ton of IPAs, I’ve certainly not tried every single one that has ever been made. I’m sure there would be gobs more to add to the list if I could get my hands on them.

Single IPAs

  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Elysian Space Dust
  • Abita Grapefruit Harvest
  • New Belgium Accumulation
  • Free Will The Kragle
  • Pizza Boy Grapefruit IN UR IPA
  • The Alchemist Focal Banger
  • Roy Pitz Daddy Fat Sacks
  • Pizza Port Swami’s IPA
  • Tired Hands Ruby Skeletons Listening To Your Footsteps
  • Night Shift Morph

Double IPAs (DIPAs)

  • Great Lakes Chillwave
  • The Alchemist Heady Topper
  • Troegs Perpetual IPA
  • Evolution Lot No. 6
  • Fat Heads Hop JuJu
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • New England Gandhi-Bot
  • Victory Hop Ranch
  • Hill Farmstead Abner
  • Long Trail Limbo IPA

Citra Ass Down
TIP:

Please. Please. PLEASE! Drink your IPAs as fresh as possible. Check the dates on your bottles, six packs and cases. Or better yet. Get the beer at the source and on tap. Fresh is best when it comes to hoppy beers.

This is not the time to hoard or age, my beer loving friends. Drink it now! 🙂


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3 Comments on In Love with IPAs

    • It’s a solid IPA, indeed. But for me I prefer citrus notes. Dogfish 60 min is more floral. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a pint if it every now and again. 🙂 just not one of my favorites.

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