There’s nothing like a thick, strong beer! Not only because they pack more of a punch, but also because the flavors are incredibly complex. It’s like reading a good book, with every sip like a new chapter. I know that it’s summer and right now, sessions and light pale ales are what’s fashionable. But, much like stouts, I love my DIPAs year-round! So, whether you call them DIPAs, imperials, high-gravity, or something else, here’s a few of my favorites currently available at Creekside Beer.
11th Hour Cruel Remedy DIPA
The latest in a long line of great hazy doubles, 11th Hour’s Cruel Remedy clocks in at 8.0% ABV. Direct from the brewery, “Cruel Remedy is a big double IPA made exclusively with 2-Row and a large dose of flaked oats for a super fluffy mouthfeel. Pillowy soft and deceptively easy drinking at 8.0%, the use of Azacca, Idaho 7, Citra and Denali hops lend to huge flavors of Florida oranges, ripe papaya, passion fruit, mango and candied grapefruit.” This brew currently holds a 4.03/5 on Untappd.
Look: It looks a little darker in the glass than a lot of other hazies I’ve had. It has a burnt orange color and a thick, lingering head.
Smell: The aromas of citrus fruits hit me first on the nose. Orange and mango are especially present, though I’m not noticing the passionfruit they mentioned.
Taste: As smooth as they come! I’m getting tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes throughout, with almost no bite or heat on the finish whatsoever.
Thoughts: The kind of beer that could be dangerous because it goes down so easy! 11th Hour makes some of my favorite local IPAs and this one is quite possibly their best yet. If you liked their Makeshift Dynamite or Tropical Berserker, you’ll definitely love Cruel Remedy!
Tyler's Rating: 4.5/5
Hitchhiker Myrcene DIPA
Hitchhiker does a lot of things well. In fact, they seem to do everything well. Chief among the things they do well are hazy double IPAs. They seem to have a knack for nailing high alcohol beers that are still incredibly smooth and drinkable, and Myrcene may be one of their best! From the brewers, “This hazy double IPA is brewed with oats and hopped with Sabro and Citra. It’s full-bodied and features notes of pineapple, cantaloupe, pine sap, mango, and peach.” It clocks in at 8.4% ABV and, at time of writing, this beer holds a 4.05/5 on Untappd.
Look: This brew pours a beautiful yellowish-orange color. It’s very thick and has a frothy head as well.
Smell: Peaches are what I noticed first, with pineapple and pine coming in afterwards.
Taste: This brew is like a tropical paradise! Tons of fruit notes, including guava, pineapple, and mango. It has a touch of heat and bitterness on the finish, but at 8.4% ABV, that’s to be expected. It’s still incredibly smooth and refreshing.
Thoughts: Alongside Double Bane of Existence, this is easily one of Hitchhiker’s best double IPAs. The flavors are big and bold without sacrificing drinkability. My kind of beer for sure!
Tyler's Rating: 4.25/5