Yeah, it’s getting cold out and the Christmas decorations have been up at The Home Depot since, like, Easter, so we’re in solid winter beer territory here. Case in point, we just published the results from a sizeable stout blind tasting. You should read it, and then do your best to drink as many of those tasty stouts. Because it’s winter. But just because you’re wearing a sweater doesn’t mean you have to give up your IPA addiction until the cherry blossoms bud again. Thankfully, there are seasonal IPAs that play well with snowball fights and chair lifts. Here are six IPAs you need to drink this winter.
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Troegs Blizzard of Hops is an aptly-named seasonal, with a formidable hop bill (Centennial, Chinook, El Dorado) that gets complimented by a formidable dry hopping (more Chinook and Galaxy). It's bright and citrusy with a layer of pine…it's an IPA, baby.
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AleSmith Double Red IPA is a big ass beer—8.5%, bitter as hell but also full-bodied with all kinds of malty goodness. There's also a ton of pine and citrus in here. It's no joke. And it's available in November and December only.
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Drake's Brewing Co. Dark Wing has a substantial malt bill, with winter-friendly notes of caramel and toast, but it also features a new hop straing, Danali, prominently, as well as Cascade and Warrior hops. In the end, all that malty gooeyness is balanced by fruity notes of pineapple and grapefruit.
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Uinta Rise and Pine isn't labeled specifically as an IPA, but it may as well be, thanks to the layers of bitterness and pine-heavy, dry finish. And you can find it in cans, so you can stash a couple in your ski jacket.
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Deschutes Red Chair NWPA is a pale, but with all of the hop heft of an IPA, thanks to the copious use of the Pacific Northwest's favorite hop strains, Cascade and Centennial. You'll have to wait until January for the release, but it's worth the wait.
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Colorado's craft beer scene began with Boulder Beer Company, way back in the day. One of their go-to standards is Slope Style, a red IPA built for cold weather and available from fall through February.