Today is National IPA Day!
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 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!