Beer Styles # 42 – English-Style India Pale Ale


    English-Style India Pale Ale

    (Description courtesy of Beer Advocate) https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/150/

    Historically, English breweries exported a variety of beer styles to colonies across the British empire. But shipping ales to troops stationed in India was a particular challenge in an age when the journey took months and every cask contained wild Brettanomyces yeast. To withstand the voyage, Pale Ales were tweaked to be maltier, higher in alcohol content, and hoppier, as hops are a natural preservative. Historians believe that IPA was then watered down for the troops, while officers and the elite would savor the beer at full strength. Over time, taxation has caused the English IPA to assume a lower alcohol. The leaner the brew the less malt is required, and less is the need for a strong hop presence, which would easily put the brew out of balance. Expect earthy, floral English hop character and a malt profile defined by notes of biscuit, toast, and toffee.

    -Color – Gold to Copper

    -Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium malt flavor should be present

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma and flavor is medium to high, and often flowery. Hops from a variety of origins may be used to contribute to a high hopping rate. Earthy and herbal English-variety hop character should be perceived, but may result from the skillful use of hops of other origin.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Medium to high

    -Body Medium

    -ABV: 4.5%-7.1%

    -Glassware: Pint Glass

    Examples (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    Goose IPA
    Goose Island Beer Co.

    Illinois, United States

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    English India Pale Ale (IPA)


    Notes: Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

    Commodore Perry IPA
    Great Lakes Brewing Co.

    Ohio, United States

    English India Pale Ale (IPA)


    Notes: A British-style IPA named after the man who defeated His Majesty’s Royal Navy in the War of 1812? Consider this a bold, hoppy (and mildly ironic) plunder of war. FLAVOR : Dry and well-hopped, with an arsenal of caramel malt flavors befitting the “Hero of Lake Erie.”

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