Overview for the American Double IPA

Also known as an Imperial IPA, the American Double IPA is a stronger and higher hopped version of the American IPA. The style originated in the 1990s when craft breweries wanted to provide a more intense offering to hopheads. The DIPA has more hop bitterness than Strong Ales and Barleywines but has less alcohol.

Style Expectations

An intensely hoppy, fairly strong pale ale without the big, rich, complex maltiness and residual sweetness and body of an American barleywine. Strongly hopped, but clean, dry, and lacking harshness. Drinkability is an important characteristic; this should not be a heavy, sipping beer.

Appearance

Color ranges from golden to light orange-copper; most modern versions are fairly pale. Good clarity, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy. Moderate-sized, persistent, white to off-white head.

Aroma

A prominent to intense hop aroma that typically showcases American or New World hop characteristics (citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc.). Most versions are dry hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma, although this is not absolutely required. Some clean malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness, either from esters or hops, may also be detected in some versions, although a neutral fermentation character is typical. Some alcohol can usually be noted, but it should not have a \"hot\" character.

Flavor

Hop flavor is strong and complex, and can reflect the characteristics of modern American or New World hop varieties (citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc.). High to absurdly high hop bitterness. Low to medium malt flavor, generally clean and grainy-malty although low levels of caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Low to medium fruitiness is acceptable but not required. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste but should not be harsh. Dry to medium-dry finish; should not finish sweet or heavy. A light, clean, smooth alcohol flavor is not a fault. Oak is inappropriate in this style. May be slightly sulfury, but most examples do not exhibit this character.

Mouthfeel

Medium-light to medium body, with a smooth texture. Medium to medium-high carbonation. No harsh hop-derived astringency. Restrained, smooth alcohol warming acceptable.

Reviews

DDH Juice

American Double IPA  •  Civil Society Brewing Co.

DDH Juice is a New England style American Double IPA by Civil Society Brewing Co. that blends dank pine and resin with lemon, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. Read More

DDH Navy Camo

American Double IPA  •  Civil Society Brewing Co.

DDH Navy Camo is a New England-style American Double IPA by Civil Society Brewing Co. that blends citrus and pine with tropical fruit and doughy bread. Read More

Tahoe Deep

American Double IPA  •  Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Tahoe Deep is an American Double IPA brewed by Knee Deep Brewing Co. whose hop-centered palate blends pine, citrus, spicy, and resinous hops with fruits and toasted bread. Read More

Huki Idol

American Double IPA  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

Huki Idol is an American Double IPA brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery that blends bright citrus and tropical fruit with doughy bread and mint. Read More

$eeing Green

American Double IPA  •  Civil Society Brewing Co.

$eeing Green is an American Double IPA brewed in the New England style by Civil Society Brewing Co. that blends juicy citrus and tropical fruit with pine, resin, and doughy bread. Read More

DDH Digital Camo

American Double IPA  •  Civil Society Brewing Co.

DDH Digital Camo is an American Double IPA brewed in the New England style by Civil Society Brewing Co. that blends citrus, pine, and resin with tropical fruit and doughy bread. Read More

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.18 IPA

American Double IPA  •  Stone Brewing

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.18 IPA is an American Double IPA by Stone Brewing that’s hoppy and dank with citrus, pine, resin and backed by toasted bread. Read More

Hi-Res

American Double IPA  •  Sixpoint Brewery

Hi-Res is an American Double IPA by Sixpoint Brewery that blends booze-drenched stone fruit with bready malt and hopped with citrus, pine, and resin. Read More

Upslope Imperial IPA

American Double IPA  •  Upslope Brewing Company

Upslope Imperial IPA is an American Double IPA by Upslope Brewing Company that features big hoppy flavors of citrus, pine, and resin with booze to match. Read More

Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure

American Double IPA  •  Stone Brewing

Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure is an American Double IPA by Stone Brewing that blends a variety of hop flavors with stone fruit and toasted bread. Read More

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