As 2017 dawns, we can all look forward to a litany of highly regarded Double IPAs hitting the shelves in the next couple months, so I thought it pertinent to give a quick refresher on what a double IPA actually is. Largely an American invention, DIPAs grew out of a uniquely American desire to further expand the definition of IPAs beyond their original, relatively tame English forebears. American style IPAs opened the door to Double IPAs (sometimes called Imperial IPAs). These beers take the basic concept of an IPA - a moderately strong and hoppy pale ale - and blow that concept off the hinges.
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