Bottled Washington Imperial/Double IPAs

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by leedorham, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Some fool posted that Humulo Nimbus was his favorite Washington beer and I was all like "pshhhah" and started looking at Washington IIPA's available in bottles. Well, it doesn't seem like there's that many.

    Help me out here:
    Sound Humulo Nimbus
    Old Schoolhouse Ruud Awakening
    Pike Doubble Troubble
    Fish Hogsdon's
    Boundary Bay Imperial
    No-Li Jet Star

    ummmm..... what am I missing here? Also, Fremont, Elysian, Red hook? Y'all have bottling lines (and canning lines) don't ya?
  2. bgramer

    bgramer Savant (335) Washington Feb 10, 2006

    Hales' Ales has SuperGoose. Fremont plans to can The Brother but I'm not sure if it's a limited bottling or year-round.
  3. suncrust

    suncrust Savant (305) Washington Apr 17, 2011

    Wisdom Seeker, albeit limited.
  4. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Oh yeah. Forgot Supergoose. It's showing retired now though. Is it really retired?
  5. Supergoose has never been retired, I don't get why it's listed that way on BA.

    Hales Aftermath
    Maritime Pacific Imperial Pale Ale
    Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA

    Reuben's Brews is going to bottle this year, but they haven't said what beers will be part of that.
  6. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Whoops, listed Ruud Awakening as the imperial. That's just their single. I'll report a change on supergoose.
  7. Big Time is going to bottle Whiny the Complainer this year, too.
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  8. Airways SkyHag
  9. I thought you remembered Silver City Whoop Pass when you started. Ha, ha.
  10. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    First I've ever heard of that brewery. They just self distributing?
  11. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (465) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    No, it's still in production. I can't speak for the bottle freshness because they don't date them (other than occasionally stamping the outer case), but we get fresh casks from them frequently for our beer engine.
  12. They're out of Kent. I don't know how they distribute. Dan might be their man for all I know?
  13. Damn I love Hale's Aftermath.
  14. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    Doesn't icicle bottle something?
  15. jnoble

    jnoble Aficionado (170) Washington Feb 23, 2012

    I was going to ask the same and I also believe Diamond Knot bottles a IIPA.

    Edit: Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot is what I was thinking of.
  16. Recently found out the Bootjack IPA is being bottled. It is a single IPA.
  17. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Whatever they may bottle, it isn't an IIPA.
  18. Off the top of my head from the less popular places

    Diamond Knot Industrial IPA
    Red Hook Big Ballard IPA
    Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA
    Scuttlebutt Hoptopia
  19. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Adding Snoqualmie Powerhouse.
  20. Dan, see above. Are you distributing Airways?
  21. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Im pretty damn sure Alex/Airways is still self distro.
  22. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Seven Seas Ballz Deep in cans, if cans count.
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  23. mdaschaf

    mdaschaf Advocate (725) Washington Mar 28, 2010

    A few that I don't think were mentioned:

    7 Seas Ballz Deep
    Dicks Bottleworks IPA
    Dicks Imperial IPA
    Iron Horse Cinco De Drinco (brewed once)
    Ice Harbor Hop Warrior
    Harmon Rajahs Royal
    Puyallup Lahar
  24. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,255) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    I'm not sure where it falls on the scale of IPA/ImpIPA but, Skagit's The Gospel is pretty damn tasty IMHO.
  25. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    airways self-distributes currently. does anyone else like sky hag?
  26. Are these all bottled?
  27. mdaschaf

    mdaschaf Advocate (725) Washington Mar 28, 2010

    According to their individual pages on BA, at some point, yes. I couldn't say if they are all currently bottled though.
  28. I've had bottles of Hop Warrior, Rajahs Royal, Lahar, Cinco de Drinco and Dicks Imperial, so yes.

    Also, Ballz Deep comes in cans.
  29. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    This thread made me realize that another reason WA doesn't get the credit they are due is that so few of the super popular styles are not in bottles. Of all those beers we've mentioned, few stand up to the famed beers from around the country IN BOTTLES. On draft I'd say we keep up with the best of them but yeah... We dont have a ton of good WA DIPAs, imp stouts, barleywines, sours, or barrel aged beers in bottles huh.
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  30. That was my thought. We have hundreds of breweries, but how many of them actually bottle or only bottle a small portion of their lineup? Elysian alone has so many beers that will never make it to the bottling line (I think they had 7 or 8 pumpkin beers alone at the festival and will have another large selection at the Belgian fest). I wish I could get Hubris in a bottle.
  31. True dat.
  32. Two Beers bottled their Anniversary DIPA late last year.
  33. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,085) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    I hadn't really thought about this until I read this, but I think you're on to something. Washington has more breweries than any other state save California, but I've heard so many comments to the effect that a lot of people in the rest of the country have absolutely no idea about the beers made here. We have no equivalent to a Founders, Firestone Walker, Deschutes, Ommegang, Stone, Boulevard... the only conclusion I can draw (as I drain the last few sips of my KDS) is that for whatever reason, Washington brewers brew almost exclusively for the local market.

    I personally have no problem with this. To make a gross generalization, it follows more of a German or English model rather than Belgian. Or domestically, Wisconsin rather than California. Our breweries may never get the respect they truly deserve. But on the other hand, I kind of like having yet another "best kept secret" up here in the hinterlands.
  34. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Savant (495) Washington Nov 12, 2011

    I was talking to someone with Fremont (Casey I think) at a tasting event. They were talking about "widening" vs "deepening". "Widening" is where you take your product and distribute it as far as realistically possible, so that a large range of people get to sample little bits of it. From what I've heard in other threads, this is something a brewery like Firestone Walker might do (where they distribute their cool barrel aged beers to a lot of places, but California doesn't necessarily get all that they want).

    Fremont tries to "deepen" their distributing footprint, so that they don't get it as far out as some breweries, but their local market is saturated. Honestly, if there is enough demand for their product in their home state, there's no real need to send it out. Keep your local market satisfied before widening distribution (see Russian River). Correct me if I'm wrong, but going back to pre-prohibiton, there wasn't yet a good way to distribute product across the country, and this is why there were so many breweries all over the U.S., every town had a local brewery, designed for it's own small market.

    Scuttlebutt Hoptopia
    Port Townsend Hop-Diggity
    Ice Harbor Hop Warrior

    Big Al Big Hoppa
  35. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (845) Washington May 12, 2005

    Classic examples of this: New Glarus, Surly
    Opposite: Goose Island
  36. I know it's not an imperial, but is anyone else popping a beer boner for canned Rude Parrot? Hah
  37. I had Rude Parrot at Beveridge a couple years ago and loved it. Great to see it cans now.
  38. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Washington Dec 24, 2012

    Only other one i can think of off the top of my head, not already listed, is Boundary bays IIPA
  39. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,255) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    The BB ImpIPA is on tap at the brewery various times throughout the year. However, coming up in February is Washington Brewers Open House,and on that day, the ImpIPA will be available in 22s. Brewery only, bottle limit (last year was 4, but they hung around longer than the brewery thought they would, so I think the limit will be 6, or maybe 8, this year). It's a good excuse to visit Bellingham and check out all 3 of our breweries.
  40. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Washington Dec 24, 2012

    Any solid dates yet?