West Coast beer drinkers love strong beer, as evidenced by popular breweries in California known for their IPAs. Breweries including Lagunitas, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, and Bear Republic are all well-known for their expertise with India Pale Ales. However, it was brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing who took it to the next level when he created Pliny the Elder, the first Imperial IPA (or Double IPA, as it is more commonly known). The double refers to the two letter I’s in the Imperial IPA (IIPA) and not double the strength or hops. Imperial IPAs have a lengthier brewing process and higher alcohol content, roughly 10% ABV versus IPAs at 7.5% ABV.
Though Pliny the Elder was the first of its kind and the most popular (we sell out in one day at our Mission location), there are plenty of other California breweries that are putting their own twist on this style and making wonderful Imperial IPAs that should be celebrated. Easier to acquire than Pliny, they’re uniquely delicious and drinkable in their own right. Next time you’re in the Markets, “Drink Strong” and choose a new Imperial IPA.
Ballast Point “Dorado” 22 oz | $8.99
Dorado Imperial IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping, and dry hopping make this beer a serious hop-lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.
Firestone Walker “Double Jack” 22 oz | $7.99
Aggressively hopped and flawlessly balanced, the Double Jack opens up with bright grapefruit and tangerine hop aromas, with notes of stone fruit and pine.
Lagunitas “Hop Stoopid” 22 oz | $4.99
Big in flavor, aroma, and hops! This Imperial IPA has a well-balanced malty backbone and pine/citrus forward hop character. Crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.
Port Brewing Co. “Mongo” 22 oz | $7.99
Named in honor of the brewery’s cat, this Imperial IPA has aromas of orange and mango with a citrus and piney bitterness.
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