Welcome to the IPA Beer Blog, where we embark on a flavorful journey into the fascinating world of India Pale Ales, better known as IPAs. Whether you're a seasoned beer enthusiast or a newcomer to the craft beer scene, this blog is your ultimate guide to understanding, appreciating, and savoring the diverse range of IPAs available today. Join us as we dive deep into the history, brewing techniques, flavor profiles, and upcoming releases that make IPAs a beloved choice for Stable Craft beer lovers.
The Origins and History of IPAs: From England to the World
The term "India Pale Ale" first appeared in the late 18th century, around the 1780s when Britain was a major colonial power with a significant presence in India. British expatriates and soldiers stationed in India had a strong demand for beer, which was traditionally brewed in England. However, the long sea voyage from England to India posed a challenge for preserving the quality of beer.
To ensure that beer remained drinkable during the long voyage to India, brewers increased the hop content and alcohol content of their pale ales. Aside from contributing bitterness and flavor to beer, hops also have preservative properties. The higher hop levels and alcohol content helped the beer survive the months-long journey, preventing spoilage and maintaining its quality.
These stronger, hoppier pale ales came to be known as India Pale Ales, reflecting their intended destination. IPAs soon became a global phenomenon…
Understanding IPA Variations: From Traditional to Modern
Early IPAs were likely similar in appearance to modern pale ales, but they would have been significantly hoppier and stronger than typical ales of the time. The term "pale ale" referred to the use of pale malts, which were dried with coke (a clean-burning fuel), resulting in a lighter color compared to traditional malts dried over open flames.
The popularity of IPAs waned in the late 19th century as other styles gained prominence. By the mid-20th century, the style had largely disappeared from the mainstream brewing scene.
The craft beer movement in the late 20th century played a significant role in reviving interest in traditional beer styles, including IPAs. Craft brewers in the U.S., in particular, began experimenting with and reviving historical styles, leading to the emergence of American-style IPAs. They introduced even more hop varieties, creating intensely aromatic and flavorful beers that focused on hop character and bitterness. These American IPAs often emphasized citrus, pine, floral, and tropical fruit flavors and aromas.
The popularity of IPAs grew rapidly, both in the U.S. and around the world. Many craft breweries began producing their own interpretations of IPAs, resulting in a diverse range of styles within the broader IPA category, including Double IPAs (DIPAs), Session IPAs, New England IPAs (NEIPAs: hazy and less bitter), and more.
Flavor Explosion: Stable Craft’s IPA Taste Profiles
Robot Cowboy IPA: AKA the gateway IPA for new IPA drinkers! New England style IPA copiously hopped with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic creating a fruity tropical burst of pineapple and guava.
Madridiculous IPA: Our take on a fruit bomb! Pillowy in body, look for a huge punch of grapefruit and tangerine/citrus on the nose and taste with mild bitterness and a nice, smooth mouthfeel. We used copious amounts of Citra and Amarillo in both the whirlpool and three different dry hops stages to create the complex flavor profile.
Cliffhanger NEIPA: This 5.5% ABV ale is an ode to great days on or off the slopes! Brewed with Amarillo, Columbus, & Mosaic hops; then dry-hopped with 2 pounds of Citra per barrel imparting zesty citrus notes.
Beach Please NEIPA: Brewed with our good friends from Old Spruce Brewing out of Snow Shoe, WV. For this collab, we brewed an uber tropical, ultra juicy, smooth and hazy IPA. The addition of Sabro, El Dorado and Vic secret hops give this delectable brew notes of coconut and pineapple with hints of orange and pine on the end. Weighing in at 6% ABV - this is the perfect crushable IPA for the summer time.
What's Brewing in the IPA World at Stable Craft?
Coming up on October 13th will be the release of Throatlatch Imperial Farm IPA 8.5% ABV - a BIGGER & BOLDER version of our regular IPA. Featuring a complex citrus flavor loaded with hops to balance out the sweetness of the caramel malts. Throatlatch finishes sweet with a balanced taste and slight hop bite. Limited bottles will be available for purchase, so make sure to grab them while they’re in stock!
As you can see, India Pale Ales have a rich history and Stable Craft offers a diverse range of IPA flavors. Join us as we celebrate the hoppy goodness that has captured the hearts and taste buds of beer enthusiasts around the world. Cheers to the bold and flavorful world of IPA beers!