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: Russian River's Pliny The Elder, Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA.

Top Picks for Imperial IPA

Deep Brewing Co. Below Me West Coast DIPA
94 points
Dank city on this bolder American IPA; West Coast reigns forever so embrace your bitter bud.
Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder
93 points
A sharp, herbal classic West Coast example of the category; would love to drink alongside a pho or a southeast Asian fish stew.
Awards: 2023 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - 2023 Best Imperial IPA
4 By 4 Brewing Company Smooth Criminal Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA
84 points
A high-octane IIPA with big fruit character.