BIG DIPL: Double India Pale Lager


THE BIG DIPL debuted on draft and in 22-ounce bottles at a free, space-themed event, on Friday May 16, at The Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 Second St., Davis.

We have continued our mission to redefine the American Lager, with a bold brew that is a super nova of hop bitterness and aroma. It showcases the coveted Galaxy hops, a hard-to-find variety from New Zealand that combines the tang of grapefruit, melon and passion fruit. IPA fans will enjoy this highly aromatic, intensely flavorful lager, colliding on the palate for the hoppiest beer ever bottled by Sudwerk.

Sudwerk co-owner Trent Yackzan said, “We’ve been experimenting with Galaxy hops over the past year, and our brewers are really excited to finally release this beer. It’s a flavor profile that you don’t often taste in the Sacramento region.”

Beyond the Galaxy, the UC Davis-trained brewers added Simcoe and Summer hops, topped off with two rounds of dry hopping. It orbits at 9 percent alcohol by volume and 90 IBUs. Because of the higher alcohol content, the taproom will serve it in 13-ounce pours instead of pints.

THE BIG DIPL’s label unleashes a double-headed California bear, surrounded by hop invaders. The Big Dipper is part of the Great Bear constellation, Ursa Major. T-shirts featuring the intergalactic lager’s label will be available at the taproom.


  1. Um, wow! This beer is AWESOME! What a fantastic use of Galaxy hops that bring the sweetness of a great lager out. Thank you!

    Here are my notes in BeerGene.

    Sudwerk’s is expanding its horizons beyond the five ingredients of the German Purity Law and embracing true craft beer. This is one such sample. I had not took deep notice to the name of the beer and simply thought it was a double IPA. When I had my first sip I was amazed by the sweetness which forced me to research the bottle for the hidden reason. That’s when I noticed the L and not A after the IP. This is billed as a double India Pale Lager, not ale. Now if this truly is a lager and not an ale, I couldn’t tell you but what I do know is that this is one of the most fantastic beers that I’ve had. The hops mixed with the bounty of sweet is truly amazing. This beer is so good that I wished I could grab a six – no – a twelve pack. This is a wonderful beer. Welcome to the craft, Sudwerk’s!

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