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Microbrewing has exploded in the US in the past ten years with almost 1000 new breweries opening across the country since 2015. Idaho is no exception to this trend, calling itself home to nearly 50 breweries, all with a huge variety of beer types.
India Pale Ales are one beer type that is consistently popular and has been for a few years now, and each brewery has IPAs aplenty to offer beer connoisseurs.
I had to make some really tough decisions on my quest to find the Top 5 IPAs brewed right here in Boise, choosing between many breweries, each of whom usually have more than IPA on tap at a time.
Check out the list below, and tell GO! Out Local what you think. Tell us what your favorites are, and which ones you love that didn’t make my list.
5. Little Wolf American IPA by Barbarian Brewing
Hops: Csacade, Chinook, El Dorado, Columbus
Little Wolf is an American IPA that gives some relief from the bitter hops with sweet citrus and pine flavors. It pours with a pleasant amber-orange color and gives just the right amount of bite in comparison to the sweeter tones. Find Little Wolf at either one of the Barbarian Brewing taprooms.
4. Rustler American IPA by Payette Brewing
Malts: Crystal, Honey, Munich, Pale
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Columbus
Rustler is Payette Brewing’s American IPA. It is a bit on the spicier side, with some piney, citrus, and apricot tones. Grab a Rustler during Hump Day Happy Hour, every Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.
3. Picabo Juice IPA by Western Collective Brewing
Malts: Great Western 2-Row, white wheat, crystal 20, mild malt, flaked oats
Hops: Comet, Citra, Cashmere, El Dorado
This New England hazy IPA, named for Idaho’s Olympian skier, is less bitter, more fruity, and with plenty of citrusy notes. Instead of making you think you’re chewing on hops, Picabo Juice has a full flavor with a medium body and an excellent balance between the bitter, fruity, and malty. Find this gem at Western Collective Brewing.
2. Dagger Falls by Sockeye Brewing
Malts: Idaho Pale Malt, Crystal, Vienna
Hops: Simcoe, Bravo, Chinook, Cascade, Idaho 7
ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 6.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units): 100
Sockeye Brewing’s flagship American IPA packs a bitter bite and a spicy aroma. The award-winning Dagger Falls IPA pours a little darker than some of the other IPAs on the list, has strong pine and citrus flavors. Lovers of hops and bitter bites will claim this beer as a favorite.
1. City of Trees IPA (Idaho Pale Ale) by Woodland Empire
Hops: Idaho 7, Comet, El Dorado, Zeus
This brew is called the Idaho Pale Ale in honor of the fact that it uses all Idaho ingredients. A sweet malty flavor checks the smooth bitterness of the Idaho grown hops. Peach, mango, and a touch of citrus tones make this IPA a must try. GO! Out to Woodland Empire in downtown on Mondays for All Day Happy Hour!
If you are an IPA fan, you are going to want to try out these homegrown Idaho beers. GO! See them at their taprooms and restaurants and follow them on their social media.
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