India Pale Ales came from Brits shipping beer to colonial India. The beverages needed to survive the long trip across seas. The best solution was a brew with higher alcohol content and, thus, more malt and hops added to the recipe.

India Pale Ales came from Brits shipping beer to colonial India. The beverages needed to survive the long trip across seas. The best solution was a brew with higher alcohol content and, thus, more malt and hops added to the recipe.

Centuries later, craft breweries in the States decided to add even more malt and hops, creating an IPA on steroids - the double IPA.

For the month of August, Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus will be serving their version of the high-alcohol, intensely flavored ale, called Over & Back Double IPA. We had to try it.

Brad's take: As the staff's resident hophead, I love hopped-up IPA varieties, so I was pretty stoked to try Elevator's take on a double IPA. Served in a quirky cylindrical highball-style glass, a nice pour unleashes a thick and foamy head and a big whiff of hops, which caused one fellow taster to exclaim, "It smells like flowers!" Technically, she's right.

Bubbles kept rising long after the pour, and it has a bit more carbonation than I tend to like, but it's a great first sip. Hops gave way too quickly to malt flavors for me, but this is one of the finest local IPAs I've had yet.

Jesse's take: I immediately noticed a thick, foamy head rising to the top - a good sign. A quick sniff hit my nose with some pungent floral aromas - more good news. After I returned to the front snug at Elevator (the best place to sit, by the way), I noticed bubbles were still floating to the top. I was impressed, and I had yet to take a sip.

One gulp of the Over & Back and I knew Elevator would be my home away from home for the rest of the month. A slight sweetness is quickly barreled over by a perfectly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Over & Back isn't quite Southern Tier's unparalleled double IPA, but it's pretty damn close and pretty damn good.