Beer & Wine

South Florida's Ten Best IPAs

The Shadow Walker DIPA from Devour Brewing Company in Boynton Beach.
The Shadow Walker DIPA from Devour Brewing Company in Boynton Beach. Photo by Nicole Danna

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click to enlarge The Humble Noble IPA from Caribbean Craft Legacy Brewers in Opa Locka. - PHOTO BY NICOLE DANNA
The Humble Noble IPA from Caribbean Craft Legacy Brewers in Opa Locka.
Photo by Nicole Danna
6. Humble Noble IPA, Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery. Legacy partners Ismael and Hector Fernandez have been serving their Humble Noble IPA since their homebrewing days. The Opa-locka brewery is best known for crafting everything by hand and in small batches, from cultivating their own yeast to roasting their own grains. Known for its use of only Noble hops, another name for traditional European hops, the brewery's core IPA is considered a "gateway" India pale ale for its nonbitter, fruity flavor profile. The recipe is an homage to Ismael's grandfather — a professional brewer from the Dominican Republic — who taught him an old technique for crushing and blending whole leaf hops. Today the recipe calls for four varieties that Ismael says packs a punch of tropical aroma and flavor without a ton of hop bite. 13416 NW 38th Ct., Opa-locka; 786-681-6572; legacyccb.com.
click to enlarge IPA1A from 26 Degrees Brewing Company in Pompano Beach. - PHOTO BY NICOLE DANNA
IPA1A from 26 Degrees Brewing Company in Pompano Beach.
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7. IPA1A, 26 Degree Brewing Company. In Pompano Beach, Greg Lieberman's IPA1A is 26 Degree Brewing Company's flagship IPA. The name and recipe are thanks to Lieberman's longtime friend and homebrewer, Chris "Huck" Hatcher, who created the beer several years ago. It's also the first beer the brewery began canning this past April and is one you can always find at the Pompano Beach taproom. Lieberman says he concentrates just as much on his grain and malt profile for the beer as he does the hops, something that gives his IPA its deep amber hue and sweet, malty flavor. While brewing, IPA1A calls for nothing but Citra hops, he adds; tons of it is added to the boil but for less time, a way to impart more flavor with less bitterness, making it an easy-drinking, supersmooth IPA. 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-532-6964; 26brewing.com.
click to enlarge The new Stegosaurus Pants IPA from Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach. - PHOTO BY NICOLE DANNA
The new Stegosaurus Pants IPA from Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach.
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8. Stegosaurus Pants, Due South Brewing Co. Head brewer Joel Kodner recently stepped outside Due South's well-known Category IPA series to produce his first take on a New England-style IPA, dubbed Stegosaurus Pants. Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops, it pours a hazy golden hue and boasts a beautiful dank hop aroma. At 6.5 percent ABV, this is one IPA that perfectly walks the line between bitter and smooth, offering a medium-bodied mouthfeel with a hop bite that doesn't linger and rounds out with an almost creamy, mellow finish. A ten-barrel batch will soon be available on tap at the brewery. 2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com.
click to enlarge The barrel-aged Double D IPA anniversary bottle release from LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale. - PHOTO BY NICOLE DANNA
The barrel-aged Double D IPA anniversary bottle release from LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale.
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9. Barrel-Aged Double D IPA, LauderAle Brewery. LauderAle head brewer Mike White has brewed a boozy beer bomb with this barrel-aged DIPA, one of two bottles released during the brewery's recent third anniversary. LauderAle's double IPA, Double D, which is brewed with Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, and Chinook hops, is always always on tap. To celebrate the brewery's three-year milestone, White went the unconventional route and aged the already strong beer six months in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels to create a boozy imperial IPA that packs a punch with 119 IBUs and 10.2 percent ABV. Find both the regular Double D and barrel-aged version on tap at the Fort Lauderdale-based tasting room. 3305 SW 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-653-9711; lauderale.co.
click to enlarge IPAs from Civil Society in Jupiter. - PHOTO BY NICOLE DANNA
IPAs from Civil Society in Jupiter.
Photo by Nicole Danna
10. Juice, Civil Society Brewing Company. Any self-respecting South Florida hop head knows where to find the region's best IPAs: Civil Society Brewing Company in Jupiter. Though the brewery is best known for its flagship IPA, Fresh, fans most covet its one-offs, such as the brewery's experimental Subject Series and its frequent collaborations with both local and nationally recognized brewers. For those who want something a little more accessible, however, try Juice. Head brewer Karl Volstad says he's been making Juice since his early homebrew days, and not much has changed since then. Brewing its IPA with flaked oats for a hazy body and a combination of Colombus, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, the Civil team has changed the recipe only once by adding lupulin powder — a purified concentration of the resin compounds and aromatic oils in whole hop flowers — to create a more complex flavor profile. Just don't categorize these beers as being in any one style: Volstad and business partner Evan Miller refuse to classify their beer as Northeast or West Coast. "It's just an IPA, plain and simple," Volstad says. 1200 Town Center Dr., #101, Jupiter; 561-855-6680; civilsocietybrewing.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna