I'm very familiar with Dogfishhead's series of 60/75/90/120 minute IPA's, Harpoon's Leviathan, and have recently found new favorites in Sixpoint Hi-Res and Resin.

What are some similar high-ABV Double/Imperial IPA's in this area?

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    Do you mean brewed in the Northeast, or anything distributed there? Bell's Hopslam qualifies either way, I suppose.
    – user505255
    Feb 15, 2014 at 16:14
  • A question with a much shorter list might be "What breweries are not brewing a double IPA in the NE US?". It seems like every brewery has at least one. E.G., Victory, in addition to Dirt Wolf also has Hop Wallop (8.5%ABV) and Hop Ranch (9.0%ABV). Thankfully, the tide is starting to turn, and they recently introduced Hop Ticket (4.5%ABV), a "Session IPA"
    – jalynn2
    Feb 18, 2014 at 17:35

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  • Bluepoint Brewery of Long Island NY makes Old Howling Bastard at 10% ABV (though I won't buy their beer anymore as they just sold to InBev a few weeks ago)
  • Dirtwolf from Victory Brewing Company of Pennsylvania at 8.7% ABV
  • At 9% ABV, you've got Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher Brewing Co of Pennsylvania
  • Out of NY, you have Unearthly from Southern Tier, rolling in at 9.5% ABV
  • From NY, you've got He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. by Shmaltz Brewing Company at 10 % ABV
  • Dogfish Head makes other IPA's outside of the 60/90/120 Minutes. Give Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale a try (10% ABV).
  • At 9.7% ABV, Smuttynose of New Hampshire makes the Big A IPA at 9.7% ABV
  • Stoudt's Double IPA from Stoudt's brewing Co. of PA rolls in at 9.43 ABV
  • From Vermont, you've got Ephraim by Hill Farmstead Brewery rolling in at 10.5% ABV. I've never seen a beer with a 100 rating on Beer Advocate before...good luck finding this one.
  • Out of Pennsylvania from Allentown Brew Works you've got Hop'solutely rolling in at 11.5% ABV
  • Bluepoint also makes No Apologies Imperial IPA at 10% ABV. Again, my discretion about InBev still applies.
  • Flying Dog out of Frederick Maryland makes Single Hop Imperial IPA at 10% ABV
  • Brash Brewing Company of Taxachusetts makes The Bollocks at a whopping 12% ABV

I think that list will do for now. Again, It'd be best to rephrase your question as I was not sure if you meant beer brewed in the Northeast or beer available there. I went with the former (since it should satisfy both conditions anyway).

What you want to keep an eye out for are so called Imperial IPA's; it is a category of high ABV IPA's

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    Maybe you cut it off because it 'only' clocks in at 8%... but how can you make a list like this without the infamous Heady Topper? Feb 16, 2014 at 2:58
  • Yea, pretty much. I just went though Beer Advocate's list of Imperial IPA's and cut off anything 8 or below. And I've never had it nor heard of it. I'm not a big IPA fan in general; I prefer Beligian wheats, dubbels, tripels, etc. I like beers with spicy and fruity characteristics, but without the hop overload. Well balanced is what I generally look for in a beer. Feb 16, 2014 at 5:04
  • Heady has, for some time now, been BA's #1 Beer In The World. Feb 16, 2014 at 5:06
  • I'm not denying it; I just never really pay attention to the IPA's cuz I'm not into them. But that list is overloaded with IPA's IMO, they should really rate the beers by style. I don't like IPA's with a few rare exceptions, so it doesn't mean much to me that it's their #1. Feb 16, 2014 at 5:08
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    They ruin every beer they touch; swap out the good ingredients for cheap corn. Their profits go up and the beer quality goes down. Goose Island is the only exception because they signed a contract which forbids them from changing the recipe for 100 years. Feb 18, 2014 at 17:30

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