The double IPA: a hop head go-to. The San Diego beer scene has long had a love affair with this style (also known as an Imperial IPA), and who can blame us? When done right, double IPAs offer a complex and enjoyable drinking experience. If you’re like us, you’ve probably stopped to think: what is the difference between an IPA and a double IPA? Well, to put it simply, more hops and more malt. Double IPAs feature mounds of hops for added bitterness and aroma. In order to balance the extra bitterness, brewers must add more malt. The added malt imparts sweetness to combat the bitterness, as well as added sugars for the yeast to convert to alcohol. As a result, these beefed up IPAs usually hover in the 8-10% ABV range.
Despite its prevalence in the craft beer world (especially in San Diego), the Double IPA is a fairly new beer style. The double has only been around since 1995!
A Few to Taste
Stingray IPA – 7.9% ABV/60 IBU
Named after a serene Coronado shoreline where locals soak up sun and suds. This easy-drinking IPA will transport you to a tropical paradise the moment it hits your lips. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops provide flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and sun-kissed citrus with soft accents of nectarine and peach. Available in 22oz, 12oz bottles, and on draft.
Idiot IPA – 8.5% ABV/72 IBU
It doesn’t take a genius to know quality West Coast IPAs require a stupid amount of hops. A generous blend of the four C’s—Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus—brings forth a myriad of tropical fruit flavors and a brawny, persistent bitterness that makes for a highly intelligent brew. Available in 22oz, 12oz bottles, and on draft.