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

Hyperbolic

American Double IPA  •  Coppertail Brewing Co.

Hyperbolic is an American Double IPA by Coppertail Brewing Co. that balances lemony and piney hops with pineapple and mango. Read More

120 Minute IPA

American Double IPA  •  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA, an American Double IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery balances big pine and resin hops with caramel malt, awash with booze. Read More

Space Dust

American Double IPA  •  Elysian Brewing Company

Space Dust is an American Double IPA by Elysian Brewing Company that lightly balances bitter citrus, pine, and resin with tropical fruit and toasted bread. Read More

Resin

American Double IPA  •  Sixpoint Brewery

Resin is an American Double IPA by Sixpoint Brewery that blasts hoppy pine, citrus, and resin with a sweet balance of tropical fruit and caramel. Read More

Category 5

American Double IPA  •  Due South Brewing Co.

Category 5 is an American Double IPA by Due South Brewing Co. that blasts hoppy pine, citrus, and resin balanced with caramel malt. Read More

Manta Ray

American Double IPA  •  Ballast Point Brewing Company

Manta Ray is an American Double IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company that balances citrus, pine, pepper, and resin hops with cracker malt, pineapple, and mango. Read More

Maximus Ale

American Double IPA  •  Lagunitas Brewing Company

Maximus Ale is an American Double IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company that blends citrus and pepper hops with bready malt, booze, and caramel. Read More

Blah Blah Blah IPA

American Double IPA  •  21st Amendment Brewery

Blah Blah Blah IPA is an American Double IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery that blends citrus, pine, and herbal hops with biscuit and caramel. Read More

Lagunitas Sucks

American Double IPA  •  Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Sucks is an American Double IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company that blends heaps of malt, melon, and mango with hoppy citrus and booze. Read More

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