I think this beer sums up what English IPA’s should be–very drinkable and satisfying with a very crisp bitterness that isn’t overpowering. They are made with very hard (high mineral content) water that is typical of the style’s birthplace, Burton-Upon-Trent in the central-west part of England. This is a bit of a lost style these days in North America with the prevalence of the excessively hopped IPA’s brewed on this continent. If you have never tried the original style, give this one a go–it’s a bit of all right!
Tasting Notes: Aromas of earthy English hops and yeasty esters give way to a very solid amber malt palate and then a long, dry, hard water lingering finish.
Appearance: Light Amer with pale fawn head
Aroma: Floral hops and fruit esters
Serving Suggestions: Curry, spicy chicken/pork dishes, hard cow’s milk cheese like Montasio, shaved parmesan grana padano, aged cheddar and gouda
Hops Variety: UK Fuggles, Czech Saaz
Malt Variety: Maris Otter, munich malt, wheat malt, roasted barley
Yeast: American Ale
Glassware: Dimpled Pint Glass
Style: British India Pale Ale
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C