Founded in 2011 by beer evangelists and social media personalities Ashley Routson (@TheBeerWench) and Ryan Ross (@RyanARoss), IPA Day is a universal movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation.
What IPA's should you seek out? Here's a short list, but if you can't find these, your local grocery store, BevMo or beer specialty shop can hopefully steer you in the right direction.
Sculpin India Pale Ale (Ballast Point Brewing Company) - American IPA, 7% ABV. Over 1,500 reviews on Beer Advocate can't be wrong. And I agree. I love this beer. Tropical fruit and citrus. The pine & possibly pepper hop & malt backbone composition are beatifully done. Viscous, effervescent and very, very drinkable.
Furious (Surly Brewing Company) - American IPA, 6.2% ABV. I love that this world class IPA comes in a can. Superb aromatics. Right up front, you taste the pine/resin and lemon-rind flavors. A touch of caramel add some balance.
Hoptical Illusion (Blue Point Brewing Company) - American IPA, 6.8% ABV. 60 IBU’s. This isn't the best IPA out there, but it's pretty damn good and what can I say, I dig the name. And this IPA is special. It features a rare hop grown exclusively on a small farm in Oregon. Apparently they loved the beer so much, they bought the entire crop.
Hopfather (Russian River Brewing Company) - American IPA, 7% ABV. Props to Russian River on probably the coolest IPA beer name out there. This exceptional beer is incredibly smooth and balanced. Grapefruit, orange, vanilla and pine all make the flavor profile the father of all IPA's. Okay, one of the fathers anyway.
Hops Of Wrath (Dust Bowl Brewing Company) - American IPA, 6.6% ABV.Hops of Wrath is Dust Bowl Brewing's flagship beer. The hops are at the forefront - grassy with bits of pine and grapefruit and a nice creaminess. Slightly more subtle take on a west coast IPA, very nice.
Hopgasm (Five Seasons Prado) - American IPA, 6.5% ABV. Spicy hop character with white grapefruit, earthy grasses and caramel malt give for a very well-balanced beer. They use 5 different hops, including Simcoe and Amarillo, which give an incredibly rich bouquet.
Hopslam (Bell's Brewery, Inc.) - American Double / Imperial IPA, 10% ABV. Oh yeah. This huge, complex beer is exquisite and will kick your ass, at the same time. Honey, hops, and citrus dominate while pine and citrus make their presence known. The smooth malty backbone throughout the finish give it incredible balance. Dare I say the most drinkable DIPA's on the market.
Yellow Snow IPA (Rogue Ales) - American IPA, 6.5% ABV. Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk Malts; Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast. This is nicely balanced beer. Grassy bitterness up front w/ a slight taste of caramel and grapefruit and piney hops.
AleSmith IPA (AleSmith Brewing Company) - American IPA, 7.25% ABV. Malt sweetness in the foretaste, followed by resinous hops, loads of juicy grapefruit & tropical fruit flavors that mix beautifully with pine. It's a stellar example of a West Coast-style American India Pale Ale.