Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

I haven’t tried any IPAs from Ommegang, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to try it. They do Belgian styles well, so I figured they couldn’t be bad at IPAs.


ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft. The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%. ‘Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,’ said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. ‘Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level. And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.’ Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker. Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast. Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.”

Random: I still haven’t made it up to the brewery yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with light, visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up bright citrus and grass with a hard candy note. The taste was interesting. It started with some grass and bitterness from the hops but quickly went into malt and sugar sweetness. The hops also imparted a fresh orange note. The flavor was well-balanced between hops and malt sweetness. Some simple syrup came through as well. The booze was insanely hidden. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with malt and grass. A bottle of this was $2.42, which came to $.20 per ounce. Despite how expensive this beer was, I was impressed by this offering and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Southern Tier. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from them and they did a lot of rebranding in the past year or so.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tangier has inspired thousands of legendary stories. It is a land that has fallen under Roman, Arab and Portuguese rule, and it’s home to legends tall and small. It is written that before his battle with the giant Antaeus, Hercules rested in a nearby cave. It is said that the city is a haven of spying and espionage. The city is an enigma with a history unlike any other and it’s a worthy namesake of our 2XTangier. A Double India Pale Ale with spicy citrus aromas and stone fruit flavors. These flavors, with the addition of lightly roasted malts and brilliant hop bitterness, make 2XTangier a beverage as refreshing as it is exotic. 2XTangier is brewed as a stronger, bolder ale than its older brother, Tangier. It shares the same synergy between tangerine peel and spicy, citrusy, Mosaic hops. Enjoy 2XTangier in celebration of your epic adventure.”

Random: I always wanted to go back and revisit their Creme Brulee beer and see if I like it any better, but I still haven’t done it.

The beer poured with a finger’s worth of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of lemon and grass with peach and apricot. There was also some honey sweetness that followed up the citrus notes. The taste started with a lot of booze. It went into more citrus with tangerine, oranges and lemons. Grapefruit was also prominent. There was some malt at the end, but everything was dominated by the citrus. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit peel. A bottle of this set me back $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. The prominence of the alcohol really took away from this one. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val picked this beer up for me last time she went to the beer store. I’m usually into Stone beers, so let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A MILESTONE DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH CITRA HOPS & AVOCADO FLOWER HONEY. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD. For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops have challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So it’s only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region). ‘Citracado’ also teases the two key ingredients of this beer. ‘Citra’ refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. ‘Cado’ inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!”

Random: My little cat is named Citra. He loves belly rubs and soft things.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger head that was light brown. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass and freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit flesh. There wasn’t much else. The taste started with orange and grapefruit flesh along with the zests of both fruits. It had a touch of booze along with caramel malt sweetness. It also had a bit of honey. The body was medium thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with honey. The bomber was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. That wasn’t a bad price for this beer, although I expected a bit more from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the nicknames I had as a child was “wiseacre.” I had a smart mouth and paid for it every now and then. Let’s see if this beer hits home for me.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer is going to change your life. Adjective Animal is dry hopped twice, in two different vessels, along with a great wasteful pile of hops in the kettle, and another huge tongue beating heap of hops in the whirlpool. This is as hop forward as it gets. Orange, tangerine, papaya, pine, grapefruit, and mango shall waft forth. Very tropical. Nugzilla, Citra, Falconers Flight, and Centennial hops perfection. Grumpy Giraffe, Funny Ferret, Sophisticated Owl, Ostentatious Ocelot, Cantankerous Coatimundi…you know the drill.”

Random: Despite the can being pink, it’s pretty cool.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy and dark orange with a lot of floaties. Despite all the detritus, I saw a lot of carbonation as well. The nose was simple with pine sap that was quickly followed up with sweet malt. It also had a decent amount of alcohol on it. The taste was incredibly sweet and after the sweetness left, I got a lot of alcohol. After that went away, I got pine needles along with old lemon pledge. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy, caramel malt finish. I picked up this can for $2.74 ($.23 per ounce). I know they said that this beer should be tropical and citrusy and life changing, but it didn’t hit any of those marks for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is another one from the Beer Camp variety package. Although I like the concept of it, the beers tend to be hit or miss. Hopefully this one is decent.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The city of Moxee, WA, is in the heart of the Yakima Valley hop growing region and this Imperial Session IPA—a style contradiction—honors the Pacific Northwest’s hop-bomb heritage. Moxee-Moron features hops in the mash, the kettle, the Hop Torpedo, and the fermenter for ultra-complex hop aromas and flavors in an ironically named package.”

Random: The cats finally sit on the new cat tree that we got them. They like to sit on the top of it and watch the neighbor’s dogs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine needles and pine sap. There was some citrus as well with pomelo and orange peel, but this was definitely a dank hop bomb. The taste started with caramel malt sweetness and quickly went into fruit cup syrup, pine needles and some red berries. It had a grassy and herbal note as well. Even though the ABV was relatively light for a double IPA, there was some astringency from the booze. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation, which worked for this beer. The finish was lengthy with grassy notes and a touch of green NyQuil. I liked this beer a lot, even though I recall the mixed pack being a bit expensive. I would recommend this one again if it gets re-released.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the first beers that I searched out when I started the blog was Avery Maharaja. At this point in my adventure in craft beer, almost anything could blow my mind flavor-wise, but I was very impressed by that beer. When I heard they were released what appeared to be an updated version in cans, I was curious to see if it matched up to what I remembered about the beer and enjoying so much.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brazenly bitter. Dashingly dry-hopped. Raja is an audacious addition to our lengthy lineage of intrepid IPAs. Hops for all! All for hops!”

Random: This beer is available in cans and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and had some chill haze as well. Despite that, I could see a decent amount of carbonation in the beer. The nose started with grass, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. The taste had a lot more pine, which was quickly backed up by a sweet malt backbone with a lot of caramel. There was also some pine sap and crushed pine needs to tit as well. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. The alcohol wasn’t nearly as pronounced in the taste as the nose. I picked this up for $2.17 a can, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. To get a quality can of a DIPA, that price is quite stellar. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a beer from Troegs and when I saw this on the shelves, with the new can art, I had to give it a shot.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We didn’t set out to release another Double IPA, but when we tasted this hop combination, we latched on and didn’t let go. Nimble Giant evolved from our small-batch Scratch Series. It started as an experiment with Mosaic hops, and after six Scratch batches it became Nimble Giant. We like how this beer builds. The layers of Mosaic, Azacca and Simcoe hops take over your senses. Mango, tropical fruit, and creamsicle notes give the beer a silky, juicy underbelly that builds to a punch in the face of grapefruit rind, honeysuckle and pineapple.”

Random: I need to get a Troegs tin tacker for my basement. I love their new look.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thick, cream colors head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pine resin and floral honeysuckle. I also picked up wildflower honey and malt too. The taste started with syrupy sweetness and honeysuckle with the same wildflower honey in the nose. It quickly went into pineapple and mango. Then, pine resin and a fresh-cut grass note. There was some alcohol at the end of the sip, but not as much as the ABV would imply. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tropical with honeysuckle and mango. I really enjoyed this beer and it had a lot of depth. I picked this can up for $2.75 ($.17 per ounce). No matter what the price of this beer, I would highly recommend trying it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0