Beer Brawl 10 – Imperial India Pale Ale

This week we are featuring Imperial India Pale Ale.  These beers are basically IPA’s on steroids (to quote Beer Advocate).  Basically you take the malts and hops of a regular IPA and double or triple them and in many cases, dry hop the beer as well.  These are the beers that “Hop Heads”, like myself, love.  With the increase in hops, comes an increase in malt resulting in an increase in the ABV (alcohol by volume).  Each one of these beers in tonight’s Beer Brawl was at least 8.5% abv.

Beer Brawl 10 - IIPA

Beer Brawl 10 - IIPA

With me on this podcast, as usual, was Mark Jackson.  The only prerequisite I have for these Beer Brawls is a love of beer.  You don’t need to know anything about the beers we are drinking only a willingness to try them and voice an opinion.

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On Tap for Tonight:

  • Dogfish Head 90 minute IIPA
  • Moylands Double IPA
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Southern Tier Gemini
  • Laughing Dog Alpha Dog
  • Russian River Pliney the Elder
Mark (left) and Peter (right) Tasting

Mark (left) and Peter (right) Tasting

Mark and I started off with the 90 minute, an amazing IIPA with great aroma. At 9% ABV and 90 IBU it was a nice beer to start with.  We continued on with the Moyland’s Double IPA, which was Mark’s favorite.  The Hop Stoopid and Gemini we two of the sweeter beers in the group.  These were followed by the IBU monster Alpha Dog and we capped of the night in great style with Russian River’s, Pliney the Elder.

Download the podcast and listen to all the details about these craft brews stacked up against each other.

Next week, Scottish Ales.

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One Response to “Beer Brawl 10 – Imperial India Pale Ale”

  1. JT Says:

    Wow guys, interesting podcast. Maybe missed the boat on the meaning behind the Hop Stoopid name? It’s a colloquialism, real old school (though currently seeing a resurgence with the younger hip hop crowd). I personally can remember it being used in Hackers (1995) when they kids needed to elevate their game to clear their names. Hence the meaning. Taking it to the next level, in this case a veritable Hopocolypse if I do say so myself.

    One request can your notes match the order you taste in? Sometimes hard to follow what beer you are on, especially after my brain took a ten minute hiatus after the pee acidity comment. ;)

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