Today, August 2nd, is a day to celebrate IPAs. So go out, drink an IPA and enjoy yourself!
Here are some of my favorite IPAs and Double IPAs.
Kane Head High: From the New Jersey brewery, and one I’ve reviewed before, Kane never fails with this beer. It is always drinkable, and any time I see it on tap, I order it. The beer is smooth and full of citus goodness. The hops don’t overwhelm and lead to an almost sweetness. Probably my favorite beer, right now.
Carton Brewing 077XX: A Double IPA (in my eyes), and just as good as the Kane beer. Smooth and boozy, this is a beer to get a buzz on. The other great New Jersey beer. The same hoppy deliciousness as the Kane, and addicting as well. I’m dying to get back to Carton and grab a growler of this. It’s been too long.
Troegs Perpetual IPA: Recently had a six pack of this, and when it’s cold and fresh, it is just plain good. This only style of beer this quality brewery has been missing had been a really solid IPA. Perpetual goes above and beyond that. A great example of what an IPA should taste like, especially once you get your taste buds adjusted to the IPA flavor–if you’re an IPA newbie.
Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale: Unavailable in New Jersey, but worth hunting down (PA is your best bet). Fresh and good, it’s like biting into an orange. The hops are mild, but the flavor is sharp and decadent. One of the best IPAs out there. Find this.
There are many other quality IPAs and DIPAs out there that I haven’t coved. Pliny the Elder by Russian River is impossible to track down, but well worth it when you find it. Pliny the Younger even more so. I’m a huge fan of Terrapin beers and their So Fresh & So Green, Green is fantastic. That was one of my gateway IPAs.
But, today is August 2nd, so you need to drink an IPA. Tell me which ones in the comments below.