Double IPA’s are a newcomer to the world of beer. A very American creation, the double IPA is a beast of malt and hops that has evolved from the IPA over the last twenty years. Starting with the Vinnie Cilurzo’s inaugural brew from the Blind Pig, the double IPA has gotten hoppier and stronger since 1995. The BJCP accepted the IIPA in 2004 with IBU’s ranging from 60-120 and ABV ranging from 7.5-10%.
Dangerous Man’s double IPA has an ABV of 8.7%, though in tasting it, the booze is disguised well. The malt bill is clean with a slight bit of toast and a medium body. This slight maltiness is the perfect vehicle for the massive additions of Zythos, Falconer’s Flight, and 7 C’s hops.
The huge hop additions have a spectrum of flavors that blend and balance with each other. The hop additions are not individual hops, but instead are blends created by Hop Union to create complex aroma and flavor combinations. The Zythos has flavors of lemon and grapefruit; the Falconer’s Flight with tropical and floral notes from it’s origins in Citra, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace hops; the 7 C’s with their palpable grapefruit and earthy additions. This IIPA is big, it’s mean, and it has a lot to say for itself.
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