You like a great IPA like MudHen Brewing Co.'s1883 IPA but discovered an even more hoppy citrus punch in the MudHen Baker's DIPA with an amped up ABV. But what is responsible for this unique and distinguished character?
Besides the variety in hop selection the Double (or Imperial) India Pale Ales (IPAs) maintain a reserved International Bitterness Units (IBU) ranging from 60-100 and vary in color from pale to black. On top of that, this truly unique American style has also been interpreted by brewers around the world who also put their signature twists on the style. MudHen Brewing Co. Brewmaster Tony Cunha describes his true to style process...
1883 IPA The prominent hops used in this beer are Cascade, Crystal and Simcoe. They are all very well known American varietals that each lend to the beer very distinctly in flavor and aroma. I prefer the IPA on the drier side and enjoy this combination of hops. I do not want it overly bitter and keep it right around 60 IBUs. I also prefer to keep the alcohol at an enjoyable point. Not too light, but just at that spot that you can have a couple and feel the love.
Cascade - Grapefruit Crystal - Citrus and Spice Simcoe - Pine
BAKERS DIPA There is a wide variety of hops in this beer that contribute to its multiple layers of flavors and aromas. It is certainly the hop rate that differentiate itself from the traditional IPA and allows for its label of a DOUBLE IPA. The IBUs can stretch close to 100. This particular beer is also higher in ABV % which also can put it in the category of IMPERIAL IPA. I like to focus on the balance. Stating clearly in the nose that there exists an abundance of delicious hops, however, drinks much smoother than the statistics of alcohol and bitterness report.
Centennial - Lemon Chinook - Spice and Grapefruit Citra - Tropical Fruit Ekuanot - Melon and Spice Mosaic - Mango and Berry Simcoe - Pine
Basically, a Double IPA should be hop-centric and assertive both in aroma and flavor, and have a higher alcohol content than a standard IPA, achieved by adding more malt.