India Pale Ale Day is just around the corner. As we get ready to toast to our favourite hoppy drink, we thought we’d put forward a few recommendations for you to try. So here’s 7 India Pale Ales for this August 7 – International IPA Day.
Kaiju! Aftermath Double IPA
This is a ludicrously hopped, American style double IPA with enough malt backbone
to smooth out the assertive bitterness. The aroma is lots of candied tropical fruits,
a good dose of malt backbone, and bits of pine in the foreground. Apricot, pineapple,
candy apple, pine, malts, grapefruit, toffee, and caramel notes on the nose. The
taste is quite sweet on the palate, with the malt balanced well with fruity hops.
Super mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.
BrewDog Punk IPA
Punk IPA is a beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg Bopping around India
and the sub-continent. In appearance it has a very light but bright colour, with an
ivory coloured crown that coats the glass with lots of attractive lace. The aroma is
citrusy, bright, with hints of pineapple and kiwi notes, followed by malt notes on
the nose. Taste is pink grapefruit, lime, pine needles, mango and passionfruit notes,
followed by some spices and bright hoppy bitterness, with a bitter spicy aftertaste.
Burleigh Brewing Figjam IPA
The incredible balance of Burleigh’s Figjam IPA belies its 7.0% ABV and
70IBU statistics. Not actually containing any figs, the flavour comes from the fine
balance of malt, hops and alcohol that is deftly managed through five separate
hopping phases, ensuring the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and
distinctive hop character on the finish, but without the in-your-face bitterness
you might otherwise expect. And yep, it’s good. “Just ask me”. Serve this brew
with succulent meats and stinky cheeses paired with figs.
Kaiju! Cthulhu On The Moon Black IPA
The beer on the moon sucks. Ask Cthulhu – when he’s thirsty he always reaches
for a Black IPA… And destroys it. Pouring a dark cola colour, with a nice healthy
dense head that almost looks like the lunar surface, the aroma features pine resin,
citrus, some pineapple notes, roasty malt, and spicy hop notes. The taste is a
complex mix of grassy hops, resin and pine, and is slightly mouth puckering up
front, roasty, then sweet with citrusy, fruity notes and a long bitter finish.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA first began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub,
eventually ending up as a year round brew. It is the first to feature Sierra Nevada’s
Hop Torpedo – a dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted
without adding additional bitterness. It pours a light copper colour, with a creamy head.
Aroma is very balanced, pineapple and mango notes contrasted with caramel and biscuit
malts. Taste is bold; hop flavours with pine, malt, and caramel notes contrasted against
orange peel and pineapple notes that come through. Sierra Nevada Torpedo is best
enjoyed with lamb, duck, southwestern cuisine or aged cheddar.
After being crushed
to goo at the hands of the mechaguaranodon, this mysterious
beastie plots future devastation from within the hop cocoon. Metamorphosis is a
hefty IPA, with pine, grapefruit, toffee, caramel and sweet malts apparent on the
nose. The taste showcases resiny hop characters with a load of pineapple and citrus,
while earthy spice, tropical fruits, grapefruit and some toffee notes hit palate. It has
good carbonation and a bitter finish.
The Little Brewing Company
Death Between The Tanks Double IPA
Packed with hops, this ale has stacks of weight and intensity. Hoppy aromas of pine,
citrus, passionfruit and mango lead you into a juicy hop flavour with pine resin, citrus
and tropical fruit. Smooth and juicy mouth feel with plenty of hop flavour and a
long bitter finish. Highly drinkable.