Craft Beer Awards 2015: Imperial IPA

May 30, 2015

/ Photo: Eydis Einarsdottir

Imperial IPA

Also known as Double IPA, this amber ale is a dialled-up version of the IPA, higher in both alcohol (often around 10 percent) and bitterness. This style originated in the ’90s and is attributed to West Coast brewer Vinnie Cilurzo. Being bold in flavour, the Imperial IPA pairs well with equally intense foods such as grilled lamb and barbecued ribs.





Scuttlebutt Brewing’s Hoptopia Imperial IPA


From Everett, Washington, an orange-amber Northwest Coast-style IPA with a passion for citrus



Central City Brewing’s Red Racer Imperial IPA


An outlier, this delicious dry-hopped IPA brings all the grapefruit, tangerine, and mango



Worthy Brewing’s Imperial IPA


Another American entrant (Bend, Oregon) blends eight varieties for massive hop presence

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