If I only got to drink one style of beer for the rest of my life it would be India Pale Ale. I think that’s probably the case for a lot of beer bloggers. It certainly seems to be the beer that geeks are made of, at least in its US incarnation. The IPA that got me really excited was a British-made but US-influenced IPA, Thornbridge Jaipur, and it’s gratifying to see that it was also a watershed beer for Kelly Ryan who brewed it for some years.
In case you haven’t noticed, Thursday 4 August 2011 is International IPA Day, details of which are here. Pubs and breweries in a number of countries will be staging events and David @broadfordbrewer Bishop pulls together details of events at The Sparrow in Bradford, The Grove in Huddersfield and Mr Foleys in Leeds here.
As for myself, I’m very much looking forward to attending Mr Foleys, where they’ll not only have an amazing range of IPAs but also a choice of two curries from Leeds’ most exciting secret curry ninjas Manjit’s Kitchen. There will be brewers or representatives from many of the breweries whose beers will be on and also talks from Zak Avery and Mark Fletcher of this cyberparish.
I think the range of beer is incredibly exciting, as previously set out on Neil’s blog and lazily copied and pasted here. Please note that it may be subject to minor changes:
Magic Rock ‘Human Cannonball’ 9.2% £5.50/£2.75
Summer Wine ‘7C’s of Rye’ 7% £3.20/1.60
Brewdog ‘Hardcore IPA’ 9.2% £5.00/£2.50
Brewdog ‘Hello, My Name Is Ingrid’ 8.5% £5.00/£2.50
Thornbridge ‘Germinus’ 8.5% £3.50/£1.75
Buxton ‘Axe Edge’ 6.8% £3.30/£1.65
Kirkstall ‘Dissolution IPA’ 5% £3.00/£1.50
Roosters ‘Underdog IPA’ 5% £3.00/£1.50
Red Willow ‘Peerless’ 5.2% £3.00/£1.50
Hardknott ‘Code Black’ 5.6% £3.10/£1.55
BOTTLES & CANS
Odell ‘Myrcenary IPA’ 8.5% £5.50
Odell ‘IPA’ 7% £4.20
Stone ‘Cali-Belgique 2010’ 6.9% £6.00
Victory ‘Hop Devil’ 6.7% £4.00
Victory ‘Hop Wallop’ 8.5% £5.00
Dogfish Head ‘90 Minute IPA’ 9% £6.00
Sierra Nevada ‘Torpedo’ 7.2% £3.80
Maui ‘Big Swell IPA’ £4.30
Goose Island ‘IPA’ 5.9% £3.30
Brewdog AB:06 11.5% £15.00
Brewdog ‘Punk IPA 5.6% £3.40
Brewdog ‘Hardcore IPA’ 9.2% £4.50
Red Willow ‘Ageless Double IPA’ 7.2% £4.00
Dean asked me to write something recommending a beer for the menu, but I found it impossible to pick a favourite from such a great selection. Of those I’ve had, my all-time favourite is probably O’Dell IPA, although I had the Myrcenary last week and it was great, and I love Torpedo, and… and… So, instead I decided to recommend Goose Island IPA, (an excellent beer but not an extreme example or an exciting rarity like some of the rest) as a good introduction to the style.
On the day however, I know I’ll be focusing on the exciting range of keg and cask beers I haven’t tried before. The Summer Wine 7Cs of Rye
should be an interesting experiment, a rye version of one of the most exhilaratingly uncompromising British IPAs
. Given how good Magic Rock Cannonball
is, I can’t wait to try Human Cannonball. BrewDog My Name Is Ingrid
should be a fascinating beer, a double IPA made with Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Bramling Cross hops and fresh Scandinavian cloudberries! I don’t even know what a cloudberry is, but so long as it’s not a Viz-style pun, they sound great.
As for the cask I haven’t tried, there’s a black IPA from Hardknott
and an exciting new beer that might indicate what course the Fozard lads might be plotting with the good ship Roosters
when Sean Franklin hands them the helm shortly. There’s also a double rye PA from Thornbridge
(which should really
be called “Raipur”, as The Beer Monkey
suggested), which is the second brand new strong rye IPA on the list: perhaps this is an indication of the next big thing? Is Double RyePA the new Black IPA, the new Citra or even (*whisper it*) the new Saison
Seriously though, I very much doubt I’ll get through all those new beers in one sitting, but I should also say that all of those other beers which I’ve tried before are actually genuinely great, not a duff one between them: RedWillow, Buxton, Maui, Victory, Stone…
I am beginning to suspect that IPA may in fact be the only beer style I drink before I die, but not in the manner intended. I’m just putting a lot of trust in the curry and thanking my lucky stars I won’t have spent the previous few days at the Great British Beer Festival, so I’ll be fighting fit. Unlike some of you lot.