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Celebrate the 4th with 4 special release Double IPAs from San Diego breweries

Celebrate the 4th of July with craft beer
Celebrate the 4th of July with craft beer
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Don’t have anything special planned this 4th of July Holiday? Make it special by trying these 4 uber-hopped special release Double IPAs brewed by local San Diego breweries. Drink them with extreme caution though. One bomber of any of these IPAs is enough for a solid night of drinking. Two bombers are enough to create your own fireworks.

Summer YuleSmith - Alesmith Brewing Company
(8.5% ABV, 105 IBUs)

Drinking Yulesmith is like celebrating Christmas in July. It’s a summer Holiday Ale filled with loads of bitter hops and a hearty, malty backbone. Fruity flavors of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine accompany an earthy, spicy, piney background.

Enjoy By 07.04.14 IPA - Stone Brewing Company
(9.4% ABV, 88 IBUs)

Stone’s series of Enjoy by IPAs have attained a cult like following and with good reason. Their marketing campaign literally tells you when you have to drink your beer by to get the best tasting experience. Stone even has a ticker on their website counting down to the second the amount of time left to drink this Double IPA before its bitterness climaxes. Flavors of citrus and resinous pine will satisfy any hop-head.

Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Company
(10.8%, 110 IBUs)

Stone’s new RuinTen IPA takes Stone Ruination IPA and injects it with hoppy steroids. Like a high school student with an inflated grade point average, Stone’s RuinTen IPA is a mind-bending 110 IBUs. During the brewing process, each barrel of this IPA was filled with five pounds of hops and an extra dose of malt to make it outrageously bitter and strong. Made with a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Citra hops, RuinTen is filled with tropical, fruity flavors.

Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
(10%, 90 IBUs)

Describing Ballast Point’s Dorado Double IPA is like describing every hop flavor known to man. It’s citrusy, floral, tropical, spicy, and of course really bitter. Boasting a hop profile of Crystal and Mt. Hood hops, Ballast Point used all types of hopping techniques to pump out Dorado’s delicious flavors, including mash hopping, kettle hopping and dry hopping.

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