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Legal Draft's Smash and Grab IPA is a traditional American IPA but has lots of herbal flavors that make it a great spring sipper.EXPAND
Legal Draft's Smash and Grab IPA is a traditional American IPA but has lots of herbal flavors that make it a great spring sipper.
Michael Thacker

Fruity, Floral, Fresh: Nine DFW IPAs to Sip This Spring

Springtime always brings out the best of IPAs with their floral, herbal and citrus aromas, which feel not unlike the freshly blooming flowers swaying in the midday breeze. Dallas beer-drinkers love IPAs, which means Dallas brewers do, too.

What makes the IPAs on this list different is the variety of hops used, with each presenting different aromas, flavors and even affecting the mouthfeel. Hops' technical term is Humulus Lupulu, which is a vine-like plant that grows little cone-shaped female flowers with the important ingredient being found within the cone’s lupulin glands. It's harvested, dried out, then taken to breweries in the form of whole leaf, pellets and oil.

Each variety produces something different. Amarillo hops give beer citrus and floral aromas, while Simcoe hops give it piney, herbal and grapefruit flavors. Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy can affect mouthfeel with a more fruit-forward flavor that can generate a softer and fluffier body found in hazy IPAs.

While some IPAs can be in-your-face intense, these hoppy brews are presented in a variety of styles and flavors ranging from juicy and hazy to dry and crisp to an abundance of tropical notes, all of them perfect for springtime sipping.

Legal Draft Beer Company’s Smash and Grab IPA

American IPA
6.2% ABV
500 E. Division St., Arlington
legaldraftbeer.com

Smash and Grab IPA is a great springtime brew with a medium body and citrusy, piney aromas followed by orange peel and biscuit characteristics. Each sip presents an abundance of citrus flavor with fresh herbs and baked bread with hints of coriander and caramel. This traditional American IPA is moderately bitter and finishes off dry, with a bit of citrus and herbal notes lingering behind.

Looking for a fruity, herbaceous slap in the face? 100 Million Angels Singing delivers.EXPAND
Looking for a fruity, herbaceous slap in the face? 100 Million Angels Singing delivers.
Michael Thacker

Texas Ale Project’s 100 Million Angels Singing

Double/Imperial IPA
9.2% ABV
1001 N. Riverfront Blvd. (Design District)
texasaleproject.com

Inspired by Johnny Cash’s "The Man Comes Around," this heavy-hitter steps up the ABV and IBU to give the full hop experience. Expect aromas of pine and pink grapefruit with notes of freshly picked tropical fruits. It's a medium- to full-bodied brew with plenty hop bitterness and flavors of blood oranges, herbs and pineapple. It finishes dry but has a hit of juiciness to it.

Hazy IPAs are everywhere right now, and Manhattan Project makes a great one.EXPAND
Hazy IPAs are everywhere right now, and Manhattan Project makes a great one.
Michael Thacker

Manhattan Project Beer Co.’s Particles Collide

Hazy IPA
7.5% ABV
2215 Sulphur St. (West Dallas)

manhattanproject.beer

This new Dallas brewery is making a splash in the DFW beer scene with their work ethic and innovative brewing ideas, and the Particles Collide hazy IPA is proof. With a deep, hazy, golden hue that gives off a tropical fruit fragrance with a grassy, earthy backdrop, this beer has flavor just as deep as its color. Expect a full body with juicy orange and mango characteristics, followed by an herbal complex that finishes off creamy and moderately bitter, leaving your palates itching for more.

A classic DFW IPA, Dadgum is a great spring sip.EXPAND
A classic DFW IPA, Dadgum is a great spring sip.
Michael Thacker

Rahr and Sons Brewing Company’s Dadgum IPA

American IPA
6.6% ABV
701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth

rahrbrewing.com

The oldest operating craft brewery in Fort Worth is still brewing great beer. This classic American IPA may be classic, but it isn't boring. Look for aromas of citrus, pine and floral attributes followed by a moderate bitterness with plenty of citrus character and flavors of fresh herbs, biscuit and resin, and it all finishes dry and refreshing.

As can be expected, you'll get a lot of citrus from Community's Citra Slice IPA.EXPAND
As can be expected, you'll get a lot of citrus from Community's Citra Slice IPA.
Michael Thacker

Community Beer Company’s Citra Slice IPA

American IPA
7.0% ABV
1530 Inspiration Dr. (Design District)
communitybeer.com

Nothing seems to fit a spring day better than some citrus, and what better way than adding some hops and malts in the mix? This IPA is packed full of citrus goodness. A medium-bodied beer with a light to moderate bitterness packs tons of citrus flavors like oranges and mandarins with hints of orange peel, dark cherries and a balancing biscuit warmth.

There's no shortage of haze in Shannon Brewing's hazy IPA.EXPAND
There's no shortage of haze in Shannon Brewing's hazy IPA.
Michael Thacker

Shannon Brewing Company’s Love ‘N Haze IPA

Hazy IPA
7.0% ABV
818 N. Main St., Keller

shannonbrewing.com

Shannon Brewing is always branching out to see what goods they can conjure up, and their Love ‘N Haze is definitely the goods. The hue and body are reminiscent of a glass of orange juice, and each sip packs a load of citrus juiciness, along with pineapple and mangos with hints of oats. This brew is moderately bitter with a bit of a creamy finish that settles well on the palate.

Fruity, Floral, Fresh: Nine DFW IPAs to Sip This SpringEXPAND
Michael Thacker

BrainDead Brewing Company’s Happiness Comes From Within

Hazy IPA
6.7% ABV
2625 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
braindeadbrewing.com

Another haze to fit the craze, and this one delivers with plenty of citrus aromas with notes of orange peel and grass. A light copper-colored brew with a medium body, it floods the palate with deep orange flavors and notes of fresh herbs and resin flavors that balance nicely with each mouthful. This IPA provides a moderately bitter touch while finishing off relatively smooth and dry, leaving room for a another glass or two.

This Martin House IPA is springtime dank.EXPAND
This Martin House IPA is springtime dank.
courtesy Martin House

Martin House Brewing Company’s Friday IPA

Northeastern-style IPA
6.0% ABV
220 S. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth
martinhousebrewing.com

Martin House is known for stretching the limits of brewing by creating some of the most intriguing beers in North Texas, and their Friday IPA is no short-comer. Full of danky characteristics reminiscent of your favorite Colorado dispensary, this beer is a mouthful of juicy tropical fruits, citrus flavors and hints of caramel with a moderately bitter profile that finishes off dry and as refreshing as a spring breeze.

Dragon and the Wolf is just the right balance of dank, bitter, creamy and juicy.EXPAND
Dragon and the Wolf is just the right balance of dank, bitter, creamy and juicy.
Michael Thacker

Turning Point Beer's Dragon and the Wolf

Double IPA
8.2% ABV
1307 Brown Trail, Bedford
turningpointbeer.net

Stepping up again in both ABV and IBU, the Dragon and the Wolf gives off aromas of citrus and tropical fruit with notes of orange peel and fresh-cut grass, followed by hints of dank. Expect a juicy brew with a pale malt backbone and touch of fresh herbs, and a beer that straddles the line between juicy and bitter, creamy and savory.

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