Top 5 Triple IPAs of 2012: Pliny The Younger Be Damned
Simtra is the most readily available of all the triple IPAs on this list--bottles can still be found lurking in L.A.'s beer bars and at BevMos or Whole Foods across the Southland--an awesome fact because it is also one of the best. Simtra is a heavy 11.25%ABV beer that gets its name from its two main hops, Simcoe and Citra. With a nice malty backbone to balance out the pine and grapefruit notes, Simtra is another frighteningly drinkable triple IPA.
2. Stone Brewing Company Ruination 10th Anniversary
Sarah Bennett Ruination 10th Anniversary at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena
Stone's year-round double IPA Ruination is one of the oldest examples of the style, and its continual production since the early 2000s has easily made it a classic among hop heads. For Ruinations 10th anniversary this summer, however, the kings of SoCal-style beers couldn't just release more of the same; so they added twice as many hops (about five pounds per barrel, including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop) and loaded up the alcohol content to 10.8%ABV, turning the stalwart double IPA into a triple IPA worthy of Stone's arrogance.