7 IPAs to Drink this National IPA Day Slideshow
Green Flashing Brewing Co.'s West Coast IPA
This is what Green Flash does best: hoppy beers. In just the West Coast IPA, there's Simcoe hops, for "unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest," Columbus "for strong hop pungency," Centennial "for pine and citrus notes," and Cascade "for floral aroma." That adds up to one interesting and well-balanced IPA. (Also on tap from Green Flash this month, as part of its Hop Odyssey series? The Symposium IPA, a "highly quaffable" beer brewed back in 2008.)
Samuel Adams' Grumpy Monk
A Belgian IPA? This Grumpy Monk is a spirited reinvention of the traditional Belgian ales brewed by monks, reimagined asan IPA brewed with six hop varieties. The brew combines the traditional spicy clove and fruit flavors of Belgian ale yeast with the brazen piney and citrusy hop character of an IPA. It's a bold take on the IPA that hasn't been done before.
Russian River Brewing's Pliny the Elder
There's a reason that Pliny has a cult-like status among beer geeks. Made with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops, this double IPA that tops out at 8 percent has just the right amount of bitterness balanced with fruit and malt flavors. Often at the top of "best beer" lists, Pliny has earned itself at the top.
Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA
Could any list of IPAs be complete without at least one Sierra Nevada brew? This dry-hopped extra IPA is one of the most bitter brews on our list — so newbies to the IPA scene, you may want to work your way up to it. Still, just because it's bitter doesn't mean it's without flavor; the Torpedo packs a lot of citrus, pine, and florals into one bottle
Stone Brewing Co.'s Robert Masterson & Ryan Reschant / Rip Current/ Stone R&R Coconut IPA
Add this newbie to the list of IPA classics. This brand-new IPA, from homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, won Stone Brewing's home brew competition. Now, it's been brewed professinoally at Stone and distributed acorss the country. And this may be one of the most unique IPAs to ever be made (we mean, coconut in an IPA?). Don't let the coconut aroma throw you off; the coconut is lightly toasted and balanced with six hop varieties to get just the right amount of tropical flavors.
Dogfish Head's Sixty-One IPA
Everyone's favorite IPA, and everyone's favorite Dogfish Head brew. This isn't your typical IPA; the beer has hints of syrah grapes for a unique taste and grape flavor (obviously). That means you're left without the big, dry finish that's usually left behind by an IPA — an IPA that's refreshing? We'll take it.