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!
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Double Justice Imperial IPA
91 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of dried mango, coriander, peach, and carnation with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of fresh parsley, sourdough, and black tea finish. An assertive IIPA that hits the nail on the head; brawny yet balanced.
Revolver Brewing Mullet Cutter English-Style Double IPA
89 points
Brilliant medium dark red oak color. Aromas of fresh oak, fenugreek, red bean ice cream, and caramel syrup with a thick, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length German black bread, leather, and caramel malt syrup finish. A very herbal, spicy Imperial IPA.
Wild Leap Brew Co. OG: Cascade Double IPA
89 points
Hazy pale gold color. Aromas of orange creamsicle, lemon Italian ice, and honeycomb with a slightly chewy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk orange lollipop, fresh arugula, lemon basil, and pink peppercorn finish. A chewy, juicy double IPA that delivers the tropical hop goods.
Wild Leap Brew Co. Alpha Abstraction Vol. 6 Double IPA
88 points
Hazy pale gold color. Aromas of floral - lilac, fennel fronds, tomato leaf, and lemon verbena with a soft, petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, medium-length pear syrup, mild yellow onion, orange pulp, and sesame oil finish. A super juicy and mouthwatering NE IPA that combines fruitiness and balance.