H(o)ppy Hour | The low down on IPA

By  Kathleen Slauzis, Craft Beer Afficianado

I started out completely disliking any India Pale Ales and their cousin brew, Pale Ales. Over time I’ve developed an appreciation for them, however, and in some instances a few I’ve grown to love. It really depends on the hop profile used for the beer.

India Pale Ale was first created in England as a regular pale ale brew. To help preserve the beer from on its travels from England to India, the brewers would add extra hops – therefore giving the beer that spike in bitterness.

In my beer drinking journey I have also found that I love imperial or double IPAs better than regular IPA.  An imperial style of beer generally means that it has more hops added to it, plus the ABV (alcohol by volume) is higher than its regular counter part.

Normally one would think, “Well if I don’t like an IPA, why would I like an Imperial IPA? That is double the hops!”  But I’ve found that imperial IPAs are actually quite a bit smoother overall.

Whether new to the land of IPAs or a seasoned sipper, here are a few delicious IPAs for you to try:

Green Flash Brewing Company -

Hailing from the West Coast, award-winning Green Flash Brewing Company churns out seven different styles of IPAs. My current favorite of theirs is aptly-titled Le Freak. Le Freak is a great bridge for someone who loves cream blondes and trippels and would like to enter the world of IPAs It’s a blend of a Belgian Trippel style beer and an American Imperial IPA – hoppy with a fruity flavor from Belgian yeast.

New Belgium Brewing Company -

Heading to the Rocky Mountains, New Belgium Brewing Company’s Rampant DIPA (the “D” is for double) is strong, bitter, burly and such a vibrant mix of flavor, a blend of mosaic and Calypso hops. It is a big leap into the world of IPA with a bottle of this beer.

Tyranena Brewing Company -

Heading over to Wisconsin, we have Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company, which is only available in the summer. It is brewed with bitter and sweet orange peels and magnum, amarillo and summit hops. One of my favorites, each sip has the bright citrus flavor and orange aroma in the nose.

Wrap up your summer with these three different ranges of IPAs. New Belgium and Green Flash are available in over 25 states around the nation and Tyranena is a special treat for those living or visiting the Midwest.

Kathleen Slauzis is a craft beer enthusiast from Indianapolis, IN. She has been learning the ins and outs of the beer and the brewing business for the past four years. You can also find her work on http://IndianaBeer.com/ where she focuses on local craft breweries and follow her on Twitter as @KJLSlauzis.

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