Every 4/20 it is the obligation of all craft beer drinkers out there to put down those Pilsners and Hefeweizens for a day and celebrate that favorite of sticky, herbal plants – the hop. Here at Draught Lines we’ve compiled a list of the 5 downright dankest, hopped up IPAs we can get our hands on.
At Lagunitas 4/20 is practically the most important holiday of the year. Their Waldos’ Special Ale honors the Waldos, who in 1971, as legend would have it, invented 4/20 (in a round-about-story-that’s-too-long-to-repeat-here). According to Lagunitas, this is the dankest and hoppiest beer ever they’ve ever brewed.
We’re sort of cheating with this one since these are technically two different beers, but it’s hard to choose the best 4/20 beer among Sixpoint’s lineup. Both heavy hitters, with the Puff clocking in at 9.8% and the Resin at 9.1%, these aptly named beers (for 4/20 anyway) should be consumed super fresh for maximum enjoyment.
While other beers can get a tad distracted with flashy names and outlandish ingredients (kombucha IPA?), 21st Amendment’s Blah Blah Blah is a little more direct – jam packed with nine different hop varietals, this beer is chewy in its hop flavor.
New this year, Great Lakes Hop Madness is a maniacally dry-hopped double IPA that embraces hop hysteria. Great Lakes has a solid reputation for double IPAs (Chill Wave and Lake Erie Monster are both standbys) which makes this one a can’t-miss. Simcoe, Warrior and Azacca round out this juicy new beer.
Duhhhh, it’s even got 4/20 in the name! If you’re a fan of Stone’s Enjoy By Series, you know you only have a few more hours to drink this beer! One of the most devastatingly fresh IPAs you’re likely to get your hands on, Enjoy By 4.20.17 is brewed specifically not to last. Drink fresh or miss out!
Although not available until next week (in draft), we had to include this triple IPA as a bonus. This year, there’s even more reason to look forward to this release – Sierra has actually developed a slightly new recipe for this hop-classic! According to the brewery, the reinvented Hoptimum, “provides a blend of tropical citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined, yet aggressive character.” Sounds good to us!