At this month’s Beer Book Club, Matt ‘BeerMatt’ Kirkegaard will introduce six India Pale Ales for your tasting pleasure.
India Pale Ale
A new book encourages brewers to look beyond fruit additions to the myriad of other ingredients that could put a unique accent on an India Pale Ale.
India Pale Ale and its derivations are still contributing the vast majority of craft beer sector growth in America, but several more approachable styles are also on the rise.
Some brewing sins have been committed in the rush to make hazy beers, according to Ray Daniels, who along with fellow US beer critic Randy Mosher has bemoaned Americans’ ongoing fascination with India Pale Ale.
Brewers cannot realistically continue to exponentially increase the amount of hops they put in their beers, says India Pale Ale expert Mitch Steele.
Coopers Brewery is poised to embark on a national rollout of a draught-only India Pale Ale to be known as ‘Brew A’, which will premiere at GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest next week.
Ballast Point Brewing Company has been inundated with global demand for its Sculpin IPA from consumers “who want to know what a billion dollar beer tastes like”, according to international distributor, Global Craft Trading.
Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin is currently the fastest growing India Pale Ale in the United States and has fuelled the massive fruit IPA trend currently sweeping the country, according to distributor Global Craft Trading.
The avalanche of spiced as well as fruit- and vegetable-infused beers coming onto the US market has prompted concerns that craft brewers may be charting a similar faddish path to that trodden by distillers with flavoured vodka.
India Pale Ale looks set to continue its outright domination of craft beer in the United States, but Australia’s largest drinks retailer believes price and other factors will stifle the category’s growth back home.