Protector Imperial IPA
Unlike most IPAs brewed on the West Coast - our IPA not only has a ton of hops (100 IBUs) but is brewed with a strong malt backbone to help balance out the bitterness.
Protector - Imperial IPA and American 2-Row
Like most Imperial IPAs brewed in California, this beer is bittered with a variety of American hops - including those known as the "C-hops": Cascade, Chinook and Centennial. These impart a spicy and citrus flavor into the beer. But unlike most Imperial IPAs, this beer has a strong malt backbone to help balance out the hop bitterness. Our base malt is 50% Munich Light and 50% American 2-Row. We additionally dryhop (hops added to fermentor) with a unique blend of four American hops - including Mt. Hood (an American take on German Hallertauer).More On The Style
IPA stands for India Pale Ale. The term originates from the 18th century when beer brewed in England was made with increased alcohol and bitterness to help survive the long voyage to colonies in India. Demand for this style of beer picked up in England during the mid 1800's and have remained to this day.
The style Double India Pale Ale (or Imperial India Pale Ale) originated on the West Coast the early 1990's (though similar beers were available as early as the 1900's). To this day, Double/Imperial IPAs produced on the West Coast still have a distinct flavor compared to most IPAs produced on the East Coast and other countries. However the style is slowly taking over.