Created in England, the India Pale Ale is a result of its popularity with British troops stationed in India in the 19th century. The most popular theory is that IPA was created to survive the tough, months-long trip from Britain to India through tropical weather with no refrigeration.
Shepherd Neame, IPA
Style: British IPA
Location: Faversham, Kent, UK
👄 – Brewed using only English hops, grown in Kent. Malty with citrus notes and a pleasant bitter finish.
Magic Rock x Finback Brewery, Fridge Life
Style: DDH IPA
Location: Huddersfield, UK
👄 – Big tropical notes on the nose, hazy in appearance. Juicy and very drinkable.
Cloudwater x Bagby, JPA
Style: West Coast IPA
Location: Manchester, UK
👄 -Hop bomb. Think pine, grapefruit with a big resinous, bitter finish.
Verdant Brew Co, Pulp
Style: Double IPA
Location: Falmouth, UK
👄 – ABV very well hidden by the massive hop aroma and flavour. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Juicy tropical notes.
Weird Beard Co, Fade To Black
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged
Location: Hanwell, UK
👄 – Coconut, vanilla and chocolate backed up by hoppy notes. Roasted finish
All very different. After trying each beer we gave each characteristic, aroma or flavor, a score from 0 to 10. Here are Jack’s thoughts on the beers. 👇
Not only were these IPAs different in flavour and aroma but most noticably in their apperance. The apperance of the beers all depends on the yeast used and when in the brew the hop addition happens. This will also affect the beer’s flavour, as you can see in the graph the beers with lower clarity tend to have the biggest hop aroma. This is due to adding a large amount of hops to the beer whilst in the fermentation vessel (known as dry hopping).
Of course, everyone tastes beer differently but here is what Jack thought of all the flavours and characteristics between the 5 IPA’s.