By the 1790’s the British were established in India and needed beer, which was considered a staple in every household. India, however, presented serious problems for brewers. Hot temperatures, poor water and short supplies of basic ingredients made it impossible to brew beer. Attempts to ship beer out of Britain to Calcutta failed.
George Hodgson of London produced a pale ale of greater strength and bitterness than those he sold in London. The hops helped protect the beer from spoilage, as did the increased alcohol content. Hodgson’s India Ale arrived in Calcutta in fine shape-clear, strong, and bitter, with a big, resinous hop aroma. The word spread of India Pale Ale and people throughout England and the United States were clamoring for this wonderful new beer. The rage lasted through 1970’s, but lost steam in the 1980’s and became just another name for low alcohol bitters.
As craft beer has emerged and grown, so has IPA! IPA has helped grow Craft Beer to what it is currently today. There are now many shapes and forms of IPA, but they all share bright aromatic hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Hop flavor coats the tongue and these beers finish with an assertive, but balanced bitterness.
Inspired by the New England/Vermont brewed, “juicy IPA’s”. These beers are very hop forward, tropical, round, and of course; juicy. In traveling to the East Coast and trying these beers, we found the hop-forward ales can be thick and turbid while others display a moderate haze. The pFriem brew crew focused on the bright, tropical hop flavors of these beers and backed this with round full flavors driven from the use of malted oats, and Vermont Ale yeast. pFriem’s Juicy IPA is slightly hazy, has juicy hop flavors and aromas, while finishing round, with a touch of fruity sweetness.
Hazy raw honey body topped with fluffy off-white foam. Enormous fruity aromas of peach, Tropicana, starfruit, and Juicy Fruit. Big jammy flavors of orange sherbet, creamy papaya, tropical punch, and white grape. Finishes round and juicy with a Tutti Frutti blast.
Rich and hearty burgers, French fries and complex pizzas. Aged cheddar cheese, aged meats, and pickled vegetables. Indian cuisine that is spice forward and balanced by yogurt and cream based sauces.