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10 more ‘smooth’ IPAs

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In the current issue, we rounded up six of our favorite smooth IPAs—that is, IPAs with big hop flavor but not the overly aggressive, scraping hop bitterness. But, there are so many more out there that I absolutely love. From pales to IPAs to imperial IPAs, here are 10 more creamy, hop-forward beers to check out:

Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA: Packed with orange, grapefruit and passionfruit notes.

Victory Hop Ranch Imperial IPA: Spotlighting trending and soon-to-be-trending Mosaic and Azacca hop varieties.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA: It’s exceptionally easy-drinking, laced with nectarine and mango, and its 6.2% ABV is unnoticeable.

La Cumbre Elevated IPA: This GABF gold medalist packs big hop flavor, while its bitterness balances out the swallow without assaulting the tongue.

Griffin Claw Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA: A creamy sip carries tangerine and sweet grass flavors.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute: A classic imperial IPA with a creamy malt backbone that stands up to the bitterness.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Sure, it explodes with hop flavor, but this beer’s malts cushion the tongue from the 75 IBUs.

Blackrocks 51K IPA: Bready malts float pungent onion and garlic, and bright orange and tangerine notes, while gentle bitterness cleans up the sip.

Black Diamond Fracas Red: An imperial red ale with hoppy color and a full-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Stone Enjoy By IPA: The bitterness is definitely there, but a creamy mouthfeel protects the taste buds from a palate-wrecking hop bite.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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