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, short supplies, and 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. Our brewing team has created a wintery and more festive version of the style. Using a combination of rich English malts, malted oats, Vermont yeast, and fruity/tropical hops. The result is a hop forward, juicy, fruity, carmley, full, Winter ale that finishes round, with a tropical sweetness.