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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.
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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