In fact, test results from two independent labs show that the beer clocks in at a staggering 658 international bittering units (IBUs), which is crazy, considering a typical IPA comes in around 40 to 60 IBUs and very few even come close to 100, according to a report by Grub Street. To reach this mind-boggling level of bitterness, the brewery combined Simcoe, Warrior, and Amarillo hops in CO2 extract as well as an experimental hop referred to as “Alpha Beast," which sounds like a font collection of scary-big capital letters. And in case you were wondering, it's 9.6% ABV.
With that said, Calagione admits it's "not for everyone," which is doubly true, seeing as it'll only be served at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE for a happy hour event on Tuesday, featuring the Alstrom Brothers from BeerAdvocate and a screening of the new web series, “That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It." But you'll also get a chance to taste the stuff at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston early next year, according to the release. Obviously, drinking this IPA will score you some major bragging rights -- if you can withstand the knockout-punch to your tongue.