Published August 01, 2013
6 best IPA-style beers
6 beers to celebrate National IPA Day
Amid a craft beer boom, brewers are hard at work to satisfy the growing thirst for IPA.
All Day IPA, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Taste: This hoppy ale has strong notes of grapefruit notes and a light body. Its relatively low alcohol content allows drinks to sip this IPA, hence its name.
Hopslam IPA, Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Taste: Pours a peachy-orange color with nice, white head. The aromas are of fruits, pines, and a strong malt backbone. Tastes of mango and pineapple hop flavors and ends with a malt caramel sweetness.
Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point, San Diego, Calif.
Taste: Expertly crafted beer is a balance of sweetness and bitterness, enhanced by the floral and citrus and fruit aromas. This lighter-bodied beer has a smooth finish, but is not as dry as other IPAs.
90 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head, Milton, Del.
Taste: It was was the first beer the company made that was continually-hopped –meaning that over 90 minutes of boiling 90 or more additions of hops are made. The outcome is a pungent beer with a chocolate and dark fruit taste. No wonder Esquire Magazine called this “perhaps the best IPA in America.”
White Oak Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.
Taste: This White Oak-aged IPA takes on flavors of the barrel with hints of vanilla and a citrus bitterness that is bold yet restrained. It pours a dark gold with off white head, a classic IPA.
Lagunitas IPA, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company
Taste: Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, the taste is unmistakably IPA --strong and herbal. Its dark orange-gold colored body and along-lasting head makes this a memorable sip that ends in a smooth caramel taste.