About Imperial IPA

About Imperial IPA
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.

Top Picks for Imperial IPA

Vancouver Island Brewing Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA
92 points
Bright copper in color, with bright aromas of plantain, spruce tip tea, and orange muffin. On the palate, crisp acidity brings golden raisin and grilled citrus flavors into a breezy, tingling finish. This bold and bitter brew packs a punch!
4 By 4 Brewing Company Smooth Criminal Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA
84 points
Bright old gold color. Aromas of banana candies, candied grapefruit, and malt biscuit with a round, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length frosted banana cake, toasted marshmallow, candied orange peel, and crushed nuts finish. A high-octane IIPA with big fruit character.