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A West Coast IPA is the biggest, fruitiest, piniest, citrusy..er..est type of IPA. It's a beer that bowls you over with a volcano of
grapefruit, lemon, and pine. It's all about hops, hops and hops, with the malt having a say in a grainy, sweet
contrast to all this fruit.
It was in the Pacific Northwest where craft's flagship beer evolved when innovative home
brewers used locally-grown hops to make beer. These brew-kettle trailblazers also discovered that hops grown in
the region (where most of US hops are grown) were especially epic in an IPA. The world took note... craft beer
5 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
1. HOPS! Shouty ones with exclamation marks!
Cascade and Chinook give loads of resiny and citrus aromas and flavours. Stone IPA showcases them.
2. Strength. West Coast IPAs tend to be
hefty beers, strong at around 6-8%. Beers like Firestone's Union Jack IPA at 7.5% is a wonderful
3. Terroir. Like wine,
hops has a clear terroir. Those grown on the Pacific Northwest, like Centennial in
Torpedo, are spicy and citrusy.
4. Dry hopping.
Dry-hopping was an old English technique, resurrected to add huge amounts of
aroma. Hops are usually added after fermentation.
5. Few malts. The West Coast IPA differs
from the East Coast IPAs and Mid West IPAs (yep, thatís a thing), with a muted malt profile, as
in Rogue Brutal IPA.
FOUR TO TRY
Stone Berlin / IPA / 6.9%
Rogue / Brutal IPA / 6%
Sierra Nevada / Torpedo / 7.2%
Sierra Nevada's regular hop bomb and the first to use their dry-hopping "Hop Torpedo"--essentially a
wind funnel for the fermenting beer--which imbues a huge hoppy aroma without the associated bitterness leaving a
lush citrus and pine resin flavour to come through.
Packing a load of flavour into 4.5% ABV, Firestone Walker's Easy Jack is a Session IPA that features
hop varieties from Germany, New Zealand and North America. Predictably, the hops are prominent with flavours of
pineapple, mango, peach and grapefruit yet its classic malt profile provides a fantastic balance..
Every year, Beer Hawk releases a lineup of limited edition craft beer mixed cases for the holiday season. This year's lineup of festive Christmas beer gifts is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Remember the childhood excitement of opening a new door on your advent calendar every day in the run up to Christmas? It gave each day a little sparkle of festive magic, even though those tiny chocolates behind the doors were always a bit rubbish. How would you like to recapture that childhood magic, but with bottles of delicious beer instead of powdery chocolate? Sounds amazing, right? In that case, you need to get your hands on our Craft Beer Advent Calendar.
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
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