Unless you’ve been hiding in a alcohol-abstaining jail cell with zero access to social media you’ve heard of the craft beer IPA craze. Over the last decade America has take the classic Pale Ale and doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled the hop bitterness. It’s become a point of pride for breweries across the country to claim an IPA with over 100 IBUs and consumer’s flavor palates have drastically changed.
There are distinctive flavors from popular East Coast IPAs such as Dogfish Head’s 90-minute and 120-minute IPAs, and then there are the intensely hopped West Coast IPAs such as Stone Brewing’s offerings. To mention a few more: Drake’s Aroma Coma, Ballast Point Sculpin, Lagunitas IPA, Russian River Pliny The Elder, Victory Hop Devil,Brooklyn Blast, & Sixpoint Resin.
But there is a “Third Coast” (or Gulf Coast) in this great country that consists of the southern states Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
This is a very large part of the United State that deserves some recognition for their hoppy beers, right?
We have a lot of work to do but there are some breweries out there that are really making strides.
Take for instance, Karbach Brewing Company located in “Hustle Town” Houston, TX. They’re most widely known for their Weisse Versa Wheat hefeweizen but I’m really digging their Hop Delusion Imperial IPA (otherwise known as American or Double IPA). You can only find this beer on store shelves seasonally every year starting in May and it ranks in at 9% ABV with over 100 IBUs (that means it uses a shit load of hops and is bitter as Hell).
I honestly think this beer is a great rival to the West/East coast IPAs on the market.
Very well done by Karbach. If you see this during your beer rambles I highly suggest grabbing some while you can. And bring me one… or ten!
Cheers to the beers y’all!