Friday, 3 August 2012

IPA day

Yesterday was international IPA (India pale ale) day, an event organised by US beer bloggers.

I celebrated the day with a few pints of Greene King IPA in a pub in Manchester.  Some beer bloggers and homebrewers will tell you that Greene King is not a "true IPA" because at 3.6% abv it's not's strong enough. Martyn Cornell on his Zythophile blog comprehensively debunks that and the other myths about IPA.

I'll only add two things:

1. Bitter, India Pale Ale and pale ale are synonyms. I defy anyone to show that historically they are different styles of beer.

2. there is no such thing as a Black IPA. The clue is in the second word, "pale". If you want to brew or drink a dark, hoppy beer, call it something else.

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