HAPPY IPA DAY!

ipadaylogoToday is National IPA Day!
Let’s IPArty!

Today we celebrate the many wonders of the India Pale Ale style such as the overwhelming diversity of aromas, appearance, and flavors an IPA provides. How can such a small acronym encompass such a wide variety of pleasure? The answer: Hops…and black magic.

Hops play a vital role in the IPA style and typically steal the show. The hop variety, quantity, time of introduction, and duration of contact dictate the results of the final product.  Orange, floral, lemon, pine, earth and tropical fruit are just a small handful of the beautiful characteristics that hops impart on a beer. Bitterness levels vary accordingly.

You can learn more about IPA day here!

You may or may not have heard the age old story about how “India pale ale beer contains more hops because many years ago the British added them as a preservative for the long voyage to India.”  And if you were interested in finding the real answer to why an IPA is an IPA, you can check out this wonderful book. For those who don’t like to read, the answer is: not really.

Do yourself a favor and go out and get a few great IPAs today, and toast this wonderful style alongside millions of other beer drinkers.  ArkansasBeerBlog has a few reviews on some wonderful IPAs available right here in the Natural State.  What are you waiting for – HOP TO IT!

Green Flash Imperial IPA

Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

Charleville Hoptimistic

Joseph James Hop Box

Thornbridge Brewing’s Jaipur IPA

Moylan’s Brewery NorCal IPA

Birra del Borgo Re Ale Extra IPA

Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA

Green Flash Hop Head Red

Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA

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4 thoughts on “HAPPY IPA DAY!

  1. Rex says:

    Thanks for reminding me! I have a couple of new ones I brought back from out west, and what better time to try them!

    Cumbre Elevation IPA
    Nectar Ales IPA

  2. Rex says:

    Well, I tried them both last night. Both are excellent, but different…and both among the best I’ve had.

    The Cumbre Elevated is West Coast style, and they sure didn’t pull any punches with the citrus/hops. Very refreshing, yet full-bodied and delicious.

    The Nectar was also excellent. I see from reading the label that the brewer is Firestone Walker. No wonder it’s good. This one is a classic IPA with great hop aroma and taste, but with a great malt balance. Creamy, full bodied and absolutely delicious.

    I hope these two show up in Arkansas soon, but am not holding my breath. Nectar Ales aren’t well distributed, but close to home you can find them in Loiusiana and Illinois. I know someone who got the IPA on tap in St. Louis as well.

    Unfortunately, La Cumbre Elevated is only available in New Mexico, which is where I picked it up. Should have bought more.

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