All About Single IPA

9 Sing IPA Tasting

right to left:(Bear Republic Racer 5, Russian River Blind Pig, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Stone, Green Flash, Port Wipeout, AleSmith, Ballast Point Sculpin, Alpine Duet)

My final top three (nose + taste):

  1. Alpine Duet IPA
  2. AleSmith IPA
  3. Stone IPA

This is pure personal preference, all the IPAs we tasted here were ranked within the top 20 of the single IPA(according to ratebeer.com).  What i really like  about the above three were their complex and pleasant smell, the mouth feel of the crispiness, and the balance that to my liking.  If only judge by bitterness, below three were, to me, the most bitter bunch.

Most Bitter:

  1. West Cost GreenFlash IPA
  2. Port Brewing Wipe Out IPA
  3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Note: Big THANK YOU to my dear friend Mike who went all the way to CA and brought those rarity back.

 

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My Favorite Double IPAs

Generally, i don’t enjoy Double IPA  as much as Single IPA.

To me, many of the Double IPA were

  • overpowering,
  • not as crispy as the single IPA, and
  • many of them tend to be on the syrupy side than i would prefer.

However, there are always exception:

1. Pliny the Elder (from Russian River Brewing Co)

I found this beer is very well-balanced, earthy and crispy in taste. I also like the hint of floral and earthy smell on the nose.

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