Cheers - March/April 2016

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Page 48 of 59 49 March/April 2016 • with a touch of the wild yeast Brettanomyces (Brett). Goaty, leathery and phenolic, Brett yeast produces a spectrum of barnyard and farmhouse-related aromas that mingle with the piney or citrusy hops. For beer neophytes or those accustomed to milder domestic lagers, it's a good idea to brace customers for the intense bitterness of IPA. At Ashland Hill, a Santa Monica, CA-based The Pine Box beer hall in Seattle, shown below, taps IPA kegs the same week that they were delivered from the distributor to ensure freshness. STYLES OF IPAS In addition to American IPAs, double/imperial IPAs and Brett/wild IPAs, there are quite a few other styles of India pale ale today. Many of these have multiple names, but the monikers that get used colloquially are most often descriptors tacked onto "IPA." AMERICAN BLACK ALE/CASCADIAN DARK ALE (CDA): Also known as black IPA, India black ale, though CDA is the dominant name in the Pacifi c Northwest. CDA combines dark malt with American hops. The malt adds a roasty, chocolate profi le and dark brown to black appearance. Commercial examples: 21st Amendment Back in Black, Victory Yakima Glory. RYE IPA: In this version of IPA, malted rye is added in the mash, lending the fi nished beer a spicy quality distinctive to the grain; it can also add a reddish hue. Commercial examples: Founders Red's Rye, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye. BELGIAN IPA: Maintaining a strong, hop-driven aroma, this subcategory uses Belgian yeast in place of American ale yeast. The nose is complex, with fruity, earthy notes that are a biproduct of Belgian yeast. Alcohol content may be slightly higher than American IPA. Commercial examples: Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild, Stone Cali-Belgique. RED IPA: This style is essentially a hop-driven red or amber ale, but for marketing reasons some breweries have dubbed it "Red IPA." Look for deep, rosy amber color and balanced, stronger malt presence. Commercial examples: Green Flash Hop Head Red, Sam Adams Tasman Red. SESSION IPA: Session IPA brings the same hop intensity with a lower register of alcohol, not to exceed 5% ABV. This style is contentious, as the resulting beer is akin to the existing style, American pale ale. Commercial examples: Uinta Trader Session IPA, Oskar Blues Pinner, Firestone Walker Easy Jack.

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