I have two IPAs to talk about today that I had recently. The first one is 2X IPA by Southern Tier in New York.
2 X IPA is a double IPA and is 8.2% ABV. The pour is a cloudy yellow with very little head, is it bottle conditioned? I did not think so but it could be I suppose. The aroma was orange and grapefruit with a sort of lemon sherbet and this was pretty much what it tasted like with the addition of some orange pithiness. To be honest, while I enjoyed, I did find it a little one dimensional and can think of a number of similar beers I would rather be drinking. It's still a solid beer and the first I have had from Southern Tier and I look forward to more of their beers in the future. I have heard great things about their regular IPA.
Flying Dog is one of my favourite US breweries. This is Snakedog IPA and it's 7.1%. There is a lovely grainy aroma to it mixed in with orange and caramel. It tastes lovely with a bitter hit up front before moving towards a sweeter caramel and orange middle and a little pine and grapefruit. I found this a little more to my liking than 2X IPA and reckon it would be brilliant on tap. Flying Dog never seems to disappoint and it's great that some of their beers appear on tap in Dublin now, at least at Against the grain. Not Snakedog yet that I have come across.