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Recommended IPAs

By Jay Brooks
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 9:47 am in On Beer.

If you read my most recent column in the newspaper, The Culture of the Hop, it was partly about how the West Coast has become a mecca for hoppy beer. Since the West Coast has essentially an embarrassment of riches, hoppy beer-wise, there wasn’t nearly enough space in the column to list even a few of the great beers available here in the Bay Area. So here is a list of just a few that I can heartily recommend that you should be able to find around town. Some may be a little easier to find than others, but all can be found somewhere throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


India Pale Ales

  • Big Daddy, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Blind Pig, Russian River Brewing
  • Bombay by Boat, Moonlight Brewing [Draft only]
  • Brew Free or Die IPA, 2st Amendment Restaurant & Brewery
  • Drake’s IPA, Drake’s Brewing
  • The Hopfather, Russian River Brewing [Draft only]
  • Hop Riot, High Water Brewing
  • Hop Rod Rye, Bear Republic Brewing
  • Hop Ottin’ IPA, Anderson Valley Brewing
  • IPA, Lagunitas Brewing
  • Racer 5, Bear Republic Brewing
  • Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Brewing
  • Stone IPA, Stone Brewing
  • Torpedo Extra IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Total Domination, Ninkasi Brewing
  • Union Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing
  • West Coast IPA, Green Flash Brewing
  • Wipeout IPA, Port Brewing

Imperial or Double IPAs

  • Blue Dot, Hair of the Dog Brewing
  • Denogginizer, Drake’s Brewing
  • Deuce, El Toro Brewing
  • Dorado Double IPA, Ballast Point Brewing
  • Double Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing
  • He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., Shmaltz Brewing
  • Hop Crisis, 2st Amendment Restaurant & Brewery
  • Hop 15, Port Brewing
  • Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Brewing (Sonoma Farmhouse)
  • The Maharaja, Avery Brewing
  • Maximus, Lagunitas Brewing
  • Moylander Double IPA, Moylan’s
  • Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing
  • Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Beer Co.
  • Racer X, Bear Republic Brewing
  • Retribütion Imperial IPA, High Water Brewing
  • Ruination, Stone Brewing
  • Tricerahops, Ninkasi Brewing
  • White Knuckle, Marin Brewing

Triple IPAs

  • Exponential Hoppiness, Alpine Beer Co. [Seasonal]
  • Hopsickle, Moylan’s
  • Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing [available for only a short limited time each February]

Hoppy hunting!

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  • G for Hops

    Racer 5, lagunitas and stone!

  • Dan

    Devils Canyon California Sunshine Rye IPA

  • IPA4Life

    Thanks for the list!
    You’re right… Too many good IPA’s, but agree with most on your list.

  • Toby

    Making me real thirsty…

  • bigT

    Can’t believe Drakes Denogginizer didn’t make the cut in the Double IPA’s

  • Raj

    How about Drake’s IPA and I completely second the comment about the Denogginizer as well. And what about beers coming out of a small brewery in Morgan Hill called El Toro Brewing Company?

  • jbrookston

    All good suggestions, I’ll add those in, I particularly like Geno’s Deuce, his Imperial IPA.