In the hierarchy of beer, the IPA is (and probably will forever be) king. But in recent years, variations on the iconic hop-fueled, subtly (sometimes overtly) bitter beer have grown in popularity. The hazy, juicy New England-style IPA has exploded over the past year. Meanwhile, the dry, effervescent, hoppy Brut IPA is seeing huge growth from Seattle to St. Petersburg.
The reason for the Brut IPA’s recent boom is partly due to the fact that it’s new and different and beer drinkers love trying new things. But the Champagne-like beer also appeals to fans of sparkling wine or other effervescent drinks. If you’re ready to hop on this hoppy train yourself, we’re here to make introductions. We asked some of our favorite brewers to tell us their go-to Brut IPAs (that they don’t make themselves).
Devils Backbone Brut IPA
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Much like the Vegas heat, the Devils Backbone Brut IPA is dry, but in a good way. For fans of the Brut brew, dry AF, Devils Backbone hits it out of the park. Surprisingly light bodied, this Brut IPA is better than most. @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany #devilsbackbonebrewery #brutipa #devilsbackbonebrutipa #goodbeer #ipabeer
Brad Manske, beverage director at VH Beer
Devils Backbone Brewing Brut IPA. It’s dry and light-bodied with notes of citrus and white grape from Amarillo and Halberdier Blanc hops. It’s delicious and has been one of my go-to beers this season.
Scott Francis, president, co-founder, CEO and co-owner of Santa Monica Brew Works
Sixpoint Brewery Sparkler. As a native New Yorker, I know the summertime heat can be oppressive. So when I’m visiting friends in the city, I’m looking for something refreshing. A favorite of mine is Sixpoint Brewery’s Sparkler IPA. The hop character is incredible, but the body of the beer is what really sparkles… it’s brewed to be extra dry and effervescent. This is the perfect Brut IPA to survive an urban heatwave.
Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
Mike Stoneburg, brewmaster at Bluepoint Brewing Company
My favorite Brut IPA is Sierra Nevada Brut. To be honest, I haven’t got to try that many types of this style, but I love anything Sierra Nevada does and this one is crisp and refreshing.
Verboten I am Brut
Dylan O’Malia, brewer at Bonfire Brewing
“I am Brut” from Verboten Brewing. It’s supremely drinkable, despite that the ABV is nearly 9%. It’s like biting into a pineapple… but in a good way! It’s double dry-hopped with a ton of El Dorado hops, so the aroma is incredible.
Westbound & Down Negative Numbers
Carl Heinz, head brewer at Breckenridge Brewery
Brut IPAs are an interesting sub-genre of a classic style, but I haven’t spent enough time with any single one to declare it my favorite. It seems like a lot of the breweries where I’ve enjoyed a brut are usually still dabbling with the style, and what I’m drinking at that moment may not be available the next time I visit.