International IPA Day
In the world of beer there are very few brews which have such close connections with India as India Pale Ale (IPA) does. So on the occasion of International IPA Day, we’ll give you an insight into this internationally famed ale.
What makes IPA special is the extensive use of hops since the original pale ale was lightly hopped. To refresh your memory, IPA was first created to make beer more travel friendly. In the 18th century, beer was transported to India for British soldiers by ships from Britain but time and harsh environment soured the beer. To resolve the issue, breweries like Hodgson, Burton and Allsopp started brewing heavily hopped pale ales which was also conducive to long distance journeys and hence named India Pale Ale.
As the name and fame for IPA spread across the globe, newer versions were created. In fact many consider that IPA is a major influence in the craft beer boom with its allowance to play with hops and alcohol content. But today there 3 basic types of IPA which are considered:
English India Pale Ale – This is the original style of IPA first brewed in the 1700s. It is known for lower alcohol with a balance of malt and hops.
American India Pale Ale – Color and flavor are 2 distinguishing features of American IPA. The ale has much more flavor compared to its English brother with lots of herbs and citrus notes and equally bitter thanks to the generous use of hops. Color can range from pale golden to reddish amber.
Imperial or Double India Pale Ale – IPA with a booster shot is Imperial or Double IPA. Take the typical characteristics of an IPA and crank it up a notch with more malts, hops and alcohol.
Now that we’ve told you all about IPA we’re definitely craving for a pint, so off we go. You should try it too; here is a list of IPAs that are available in Mumbai:
Gateway Brewing Company Summersault Session IPA
Barking Deer India Pale Ale
Shepherd Neame IPA
Independence Brewing Company IPA
The post was first published on August 2, 2014.