Our Favorite IPAs
Before we tantalize your tastebuds with our collection of favorite IPAs, it’s important to consider history and the India Pale Ale (IPA). In the late 18th century, during the British colonization of India, the Brits were in need of a brew that could withstand the grueling 6 month cross-continental journey, as the typical English pub ales were spoiling along the way. Hodgson, a London brewer, concocted their October ale – a strong and heavily hopped brew – that not only survived the journey, it improved in taste and texture. It wasn’t long before the recipe was copied and quickly morphed into it’s very own style of brew – the “India Pale Ale”. Fast forward a few hundred years – the IPA has become a staple, a badge of honor, and has garnered a cult-like following as well as some very, very opinionated consumers. In today’s beer landscape, a brewery isn’t taken seriously if they haven’t mastered their own variation of this hoppy draught. So, in light of today’s little history lesson, we’d like submit our favorites for your perusal:
Huma Lupa Licious
AKA The Hop Grapist. This monster IPA grapes you in the mouth with its bouquet of 5 hop varieties. Short’s is well known for pushing the envelope with their distinctly original brews, and the Huma Lupa Licious does not fall short of the mark (pun intended). Hailing from Bellaire, MI, this obscure IPA from Short’s Brewery is a must add to your list of IPAs.
If you’re searching for the Truth, look no further than this tasty, well balanced IPA from Cincinnati, OH. Using a magical combination of malts (2 Row pale, Cara Red, Vienna) and hops (Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, Centennial), Rhinegeist has created the ultimate session brew (7.2% ABV), that offers a very fruity nose, a punchy hop palate, and a refreshing and savory finish. While this IPA is available year-round, distribution is a bit muddled, and makes it a difficult find.
White Rascal IPA
This Colorado beer is an unfiltered Belgian wheat beer from Avery Brewing. It offers a coriander spice and zest. We recommend drinking White Rascal with a spicy dish, as the semi-sweet flavors balance out the bold tastes. Don’t worry — White Rascal is offered year-round in six pack cans/bottles or kegs!
Dogfish Head 60 Minute
It’s impossible to pick a favorite IPA, so I’ve changed the question. If I had to pick an IPA to drink every day, which would it be? Still a very tough question, but in the end, I love a full body, hoppy, citrusy IPA. A 60 Minute hits on all of the above and delivers with a crisp finish. If you’re an IPA fan you’ve no doubt had this brew and can attest to it’s reliability and consistency. Pro Tip: Drink all six.
Two Hearted Ale
Ranked best IPA in the world in 2014, Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale is Michigan’s pride and joy beer. Defined by it’s unique intense hop aroma and malt balance, Two Hearted shits on any other IPA ever created, and that is scientific fact.