A beer true to the traditional style of IPA but with some contemporary elements. The beer is 5% abv which enables it to be enjoyed by the pint as well as in bottle.
The malt used is Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, ideally suited for this style of beer.
The star of the show in an IPA should be the hops. Our IPA has a bitterness of 40 IBU which provides an invigorating bitterness hit and a refreshing aftertaste.
We use New World hops which in general provide a more intense flavour and aroma than their European counterparts. The hops are added in three stages. The first addition is for bitterness and is added at the start of the boil, the second is for flavour and is added 5 minutes from the end of the boil and the third is added once the boil has finished and provides the hop aroma without the mouth drying effect of dry-hopping.
The first known mention of India Pale Ale was in 1835. Before that it was known as beer for the India market, India Beer or even the 'champagne of malt'.
This was beer that was brewed for export to the colonies and had to be able to withstand months at sea in hot climates as ships travelled from the UK to India or any other parts of the British Empire. The beer tended to be relatively high in alcohol compared to today’s beers (5 to 9% abv) and heavily hopped. Hops and alcohol have a natural preservative effect and so helped in preventing the beer becoming infected.
Naturally, it was the London brewers with their close proximity to the East India Company docks who first took advantage of these markets. However, with the opening of the railways and improved transport links the Burton brewers and Edinburgh brewers, whose water was hard and ideal for brewing pale ales, began to take more of the market share and became famous for their India Beers.
As colonials returned home they retained a taste for the Empire beers and brewers responded by brewing the style for the domestic as well as export markets.
During the First World War due to increased taxation (supposedly a temporary measure!) and raw material shortages brewers decreased the strength of beers and the hopping rates. IPA as a style almost died out but was kept alive by a small number of regional breweries albeit as a shadow of its former self.
More recently there has been a resurgence in the style and it is now one of the most recognised and popular ale styles.
Colour: Light Golden
Aroma: Light citrus and sweet apricots.
Flavour: Refreshing citrus notes well balanced by the smooth honeyed malt backbone.
Food Pairing: Mini Cheddars
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