Category 5

American Double IPA Due South Brewing Co.


Category 5, an American Double IPA by Due South Brewing Co.

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Category 5 is an American Double IPA brewed by Due South Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with an inch-thick, off-white cap of foam that reduces slowly. Ample sediment is visibly afloat in the glass.


Aroma is expectedly hoppy with citrus and pine.


Hop-forward palate follows the nose with a showcase of citrus, pine, and hop resin. Finishes with flavors of grapefruit and a nice complement of caramel sweetness.


Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.


At 96 IBUs, the Category 5 blasts a hefty bite of hops up front but its malty base balances the brew quite well.

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About the American Double IPA

Also known as an Imperial IPA, the American Double IPA is a stronger and higher hopped version of the American IPA. The style originated in the 1990s when craft breweries wanted to provide a more intense offering to hopheads. The DIPA has more hop bitterness than Strong Ales and Barleywines but has less alcohol.