It’s here: Stone Brewing’s beer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their ground-breaking double-IPA. Ruination is one of John’s Top Five beers, and we are very excited to get our hands on a few bottles (case?) of this one-time brew. So excited that we’ve put together a quick list of five often-overlooked double/imperial IPAs from Southern California to enjoy until you get your hands on some of the Ruination 10th!
Hangar 24 Double IPA (link)
The Redland’s brewery’s 118-IBU monster is surprisingly drinkable. The tropical notes of the American hops don’t overwhelm the sweet malt backbone and each sip leaves you wanting more.
Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA (link)
Another DIPA that’s heavy on the tropical-fruit flavors, Mongo has a dry finish that is more refreshing than you’d expect makes up for a lack of balance between the hops and the malt. Distinct piney herbal notes in the aroma of the beer also stand out.
Firestone Walker Double Jack (link)
The imperial version of the Union Jack IPA, the Double Jack has a syrupy mouth-feel and lots of citrus on the palate with distinct mandarin orange notes. Six different hops are used through the brewing of Double Jack resulting in complex flavors and aromas.
Ladyface Chesebro 200th Batch(link)
The special release of Ladyface’s double-IPA commemorates the Agoura Hills brewpub’s 200th batch of beer and it is even stronger and more hoppy than the standard Chesebro. Keep your eyes on the tap-lists around town,and if you see someone pouring this limited edition beer be sure to snag a glass (and let us know where you found it!)
Strand Brewing WhiteSand/BlackSand (link)
We’ve been so-far unable to try these two sister beers, one a white IPA the other a black-IPA, but they are high on our wish-list after hearing so many positive things about the South Bay brewery.