A Look Into The Rise Of The Low-Cal IPA

With the rise of health consciousness spreading throughout the population, there was a great chance that craft breweries were going to begin to brew up delicious low calorie beers. Over the years, there has been an increase in craft light lagers being brewed up for your average light beer drinker seeking to explore the realm of craft beer, but now brewers are beginning to expand the bounds of low calorie flavor and style options with IPAs being the go to choice.

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A number of breweries throughout the country have been brewing up and releasing their own versions of low calorie IPAs. Each brewery has their own technique, but much of the focus is on utilizing adjuncts such as fruits and oats such as Dogfish Head’s Slightly Mighty IPA and their use of monk fruit.

“Digging deep into our culinary roots, we found our answer in an ancient Chinese delicacy – monk fruit. Sweeter than sugar per ounce, monk fruit amplifies the body and complexity of the beer, yet contains no calories.

-Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Another brewery located several thousand miles southeast Dogfish Head in Dallas, Texas is Community Beer Company, the first Texas brewery to brew up a low-cal IPA using a special brewing process that lowered the carb and calorie count while maintaining plenty of body and flavor.

We’ve used special brewing processes to lower the carb & calorie count along with generous additions of Loral & Incognito hops to contribute a bright, spicy lemon zest hop profile. We’ve created Texas’ first craft “lifestyle IPA”, an IPA made for any hop lover’s lifestyle! So go ahead and crush that extra lap, extra mile, or extra rep and grab a Hop Skinny IPA at the finish line!

-Community Beer Company

To help you become apart of the new rise of low-cal IPAs, here is a look at seven low-cal IPA’s that are spread throughout the country that you can try today:

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Community Beer Company’s Hop Skinny IPA – Dallas, Texas:

Community Beer Company has brewed up something that is not only light and refreshing, but packed full of juicy hop flavor as well. Brand new to their core beer list, full bodied while providing you with only 98 calories, 4.5 grams of carbs and 4.0% ABV. You can grab this low-cal juicy delight at the brewery or at your local store in 6-packs of cans.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Slightly Mighty IPA – Milton, Delaware:

A golden hazy beauty that sits at only 95 calories and 4% ABV. Brewed with monk fruit that helps in reducing the malt bill, and yet still providing plenty of flavor and body. Each sip provides your palates with a load of juicy tropical and citrus fruit flavor that finishes off moderately bitter and dry.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Flyjack Low-Cal IPA – Paso Robles, California:

Another hazy delight that Provides you with a wealth of body and flavor while only being 96 calories and 4% ABV. Firestone Walker used an expressive yeast strain that heightens ester and fruit character to put body and flavor into the beer without adding calories. Loads of citrus fruit flavor with hints of melon that finishes off dry and crisp.

Drake’s Brewing Company’s Kick Back IPA – San Leandro, California:

Stepping outside the hazy spectrum with a more west coast styled IPA that is packed full of hop flavors that include citrus and stone fruits with hints of mango and pineapple. This crushable hoppy beer was brewed with Two-Row and Pale Ale malt, with small additions of Golden Naked Oats and Hulled Barley Flakes. Standing a little taller on the calorie count than the previous, and yet still only 137 calories per can and 4.3% ABV.

Bell’s Brewery’s Light Hearted Ale – Comstock, Michigan:

Staying within the west coast style IPA spectrum, Bell’s Brewery’s Light Hearted Ale is a golden hued stunner that is light, refreshing, and as crisp as the spring air in Michigan. A can full of citrus goodness with hints of herbs and black pepper that is only 110 calories and 3.7% ABV, making it crushable and easily manageable during those long days of fishing.

Deschutes Brewery’s Wowza Hazy IPA – Bend, Oregon:

This newly released beaut from Deschutes Brewery is full of juicy citrus flavors with a nice, subtle sweetness that is moderately bitter. Containing only 100 calories, 4 grams of carbs and sitting at a low ABV rate of 4%, making it a crushable delight to enjoy with friends while pursuing something outdoors.

Odell Brewing Company’s Good Behavior Crushable IPA – Fort Collins, Colorado:

A slightly hazed, juiced up session IPA from Odell Brewing that features plenty of tropical fruit flavors with hints of peach and lemon that is low on bitterness and refreshing as the early spring mornings. Providing you with only 110 calories and 4% ABV, it is something sip and savor, and yet can be enjoyed speedily as well.

Monday Night Brewing Company’s Lay Low IPA – Atlanta, Georgia:

Hailing from the southern portion of America where craft beer is still somewhat relatively new to the folks, Monday Night Brewing’s Lay Low IPA is by far one of the lowest calorie and alcohol brews on this list with only 90 calories and a whopping low ABV rate of 3.2%. Even though it is low elsewhere, the flavor is bursting with integrity with plenty of tropical fruit notes that’s balanced well with a slight malt sweetness and hints of herbs.

-Michael Thacker

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