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The India Pale Ale: this is the flagship beer for craft beer. The history of the IPA is rooted in England in the 19th century (but it's notoriously hard to find out how it first started). What is clear, is that the IPA is stronger and more bitter than a pale ale. The US version, that has become wildly popular, was brewed with local hops that gave it grapefruit, pine, and citrus flavours that we love so much. Here are a few we love at the moment.
Wow there’s a lot of flavour in this transatlantic beer. It’s been dry-hopped three separate times, and, on first sip, it’s a full on West Coast IPA – loads of hop aromas of citrus, resin and grapefruit, but they are curbed by a malty sweetness that is reminiscent of caramel cake. A firm bitterness lingers long and clean. You won’t need two of these to see why it has back-to-back wins at the Great American Beer Festival, but you’ll want them.
US brewery Rogue have started their own ‘Rogue Farms’ where they grow, among much other produce, hops and malts. Four of the hop varietals, grown by Rogue, go into this beer (nice touch with the 4.44% ABV too) making it a sessionable IPA, an earthy relaxed beer without any of the hefty tropical tastes that often overpowers a West Coast IPA – this is a grounded beer. Brewmaster John Maier described it as the entire Rogue experience in a bottle.
Dutch brewery Kees are fairly new to Beer Hawk and they caught our attention with their richly fl avoured, globle-trotting beers, with some serious twists. Kees Farmhouse IPA is no exception. It’s an intensely hopped IPA with a classic saison funk. It’s dry and eff ervescent. The pithy orange and juicy tropical fruit fl avours are joined by savoury notes of freshly baked bread and a strong herbal bitterness which lingers on the palate.
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.
Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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