National IPA Day: Five California Favorites

Folks who love their IPAs are passionate about the piney punch of Humulus lupulus and know how to appreciate a well-crafted India Pale Ale. And although asking twenty different beer drinkers to name their favorite IPA will likely get you twenty different answers, one factor seems universally important: drink it fresh.

So to celebrate National IPA Day, here are five Idle Timers with five different California-born brews. Drink local, my friends. Local to us, anyway.

Stone_Go_To_IPAStone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA
RF: Stone’s Go To IPA is a solid favorite. And their San Diego-area tasting resort is fantastic. From the website: “we employed ‘hop bursting,’ a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness.”

big dSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers
San Francisco, CA
Big Daddy IPA
LDG: This is an IPA that comes immediately to mind. It has a nice hop to it that doesn’t overpower the wonderful grapefruit notes. Their site calls it “a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

gflashGreen Flash Brewing Company
San Diego, CA
West Coast IPA
MH: I was forced into drinking IPAs when I moved here. I wish I had discovered this earlier because it’s super easy to drink, but still decently hoppy and very refreshing, which is not how I would typically describe an IPA. Check out their page for more info on the beer that “exemplifies the Green Flash spirit of adventure and discovery.”

NewSiteDenog11Drake’s Brewing Company
San Leandro, CA
LM: This double-IPA will put you on your ass if you’re not careful. I think it got its name because it almost killed one of the brewers. The website (mostly) verifies that, and adds a description of “a massive Imperial IPA with a full body, smooth malt backbone, and an utterly irresponsible amount of pungent, dank, American hops.”

Anchor-IPA-bottle-and-pint-3Anchor Brewing
San Francisco, CA
Anchor IPA
MMDG: I started buying this beer because it came in Anchor’s sampler case. I started drinking it because of the cute elephant on the label. I started enjoying it because it’s delicious. Info on one of Anchor’s newest offerings includes the origin of the expression “I have seen the elephant!”