I guess my IPL doesn’t cut it for #ipaday so why not drink one. Tonights celebration then will be @stonebrewingco / Beachwood brewing co / @hereticbrewing . using new and experimental hops they created a new IPA that confuses the palate. Its all over the place. Citrus! Peach! Spice! Pine! This thing is just a full blooded hop monster. I love it. The bottle says “Who needs another IPA”? We all do, so happy IPA day everyone!
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766. Stone Brewing - Go To IPA

We had my son’s soccer game this morning and then I laid 44 cubic yards of mulch. So, before I have to get ready to go to my daughter’s dance recital, I thought a beer was in order. I saw this beer at one of our local liquor stores a few weeks ago and thought I’d get it as an every evening kind of brew. It’s their version of a “session IPA” – which is a style that’s only recently emerged, although it’s just another name for hoppy American Pale Ale. It’s essentially a beer with lots of hop flavor and bitterness, but less alcohol than a normal IPA. It’s a little bit like the craft beer equivalent of decaffinated coffee – giving you the flavor you’ve grown accustomed to, but without the payoff of the reason you started tolerating it.

Location: Poured into a Sam Adams  Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 4.5% ABV, 65 IBUs, ~140 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden-orange in color, and slightly hazy. There appears to be a fair amount of carbonation in it, but the creamy white head barely covers the top of the beer.  The aroma is majorly citrusy with a bright pineapple-grapefruit smell.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp. The flavor up front is citrusy, almost like a… (More on Stone Brewing - Go To IPA)

Did you know IPA DAY 2013 is just around the corner?

That’s right! Thursday, August 1st is the third annual IPA DAY. Beer Table Pantry has you covered!

To celebrate one of our favorite styles of beer we’re offering for the first time ever a complete IPA tap take over. All six of Beer Table Pantry’s draft lines will be pouring rare and unique IPAs that you might have never seen or tried before! All drafts will be available in pints and growlers to go. You can find a list of our planned offerings at the bottom of this post. We hope to see you there!

1. Ithaca Flower Power

2. Thornbridge Jaipur

3. Peekskill Eastern Standard (pint only)

4. Evil Twin Yang

5. Barrier Unimperial

6. Hitachino Classic

It's IPA Day! Here's where to enjoy an IPA today

It’s IPA Day! While we’re of the belief that every day is IPA Day - after all, it’s the most popular craft beer style in the United States - today is a day to celebrate the hoppy goodness of beer. It also marks the end of our 15-day IPA fast, which went off without a hitch (unless you consider drinking an imperial stout on a 95-degree day a hitch).

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699. Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft

My dad is in town for my son’s baseball games this weekend, and tonight we decided to hit Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. Since dad was buying, he suggested I have a beer. This seemed to be the most interesting thing they had on tap, and I’d been wanting to give it a try since I saw it come out a few months ago. Besides, I always enjoy pairing a nice IPA with spicy chicken wings.

Location: On-tap and served in a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, 11 SRM, 198 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: 2-row pale malt blend, caramel 60; Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo; Sam Adams Yeast strain.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s crystal clear and bright copper in color. It has a fair amount of carbonation in it, and a bright white, fluffy head that fell a bit after a couple minutes. The aroma has a lot of citrusy grapefruit with some pine close behind it.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a little bit of crispness. The flavor up front was a bit… (More on Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft)

The history of IPA part 2: From India, to England, the US, and the world. 

So yesterday we discussed the origins of India Pale Ale and where it got its name. As part of our continuing IPA weekend, today we shift to IPAs rise to popularity. We left off with English Breweries sailing high-alcohol and highly hopped beers to India to prevent bacteria from developing over the long voyage. Now how exactly the English decided to hold onto some of the batch is controversial. Some say that one cargo ship wrecked just off shore from London, and the barrels were brought back and sold in the city, quickly becoming a huge hit. However, according to beer historian and fellow beer blogger Martyn Cornell, this ranks more on the myth spectrum, as no record of such a shipwreck exists. Another possibility is that the English brewers simply realized how damn good the beer was, and by the time the train system developed enough for land shipments, they just decided to start holding onto the stuff. 

Regardless of how it happened, the IPA style took off by the mid 1800’s in England, and though it took quite a while a healthy American IPA market emerged from the already highly hopped American Pale Ales. Sierra Nevada started the American Ale revolution in 1980, and soon after the craft brew scene broadened their realms to bolder beers like the IPA. Building off of the hoppy style of the pale ale, and given it a giant dose of steroids, many American IPAs are super-hopped and over 8-10% alcohol. Such ales are commonly known as imperial or double IPAs. Inspired by the innovative American take on a classic English oldie, a third variety, the Belgian IPA has also been adopted recently in Europe’s brewing scene. The majority of these brews maintain the triple belgian brewing style for full, strong flavor, giving the IPA more of that light, golden belgian color. Note that Belgian IPAs are also gloriously hopped and high in alcohol. 

Before IPA Day, join us for an IPA Fast

IPA Day is back for another year on August 1st. Across the country, beer drinkers will be hoisting a glass of an IPA to celebrate a style almost ubiquitous at American craft beer bars and stores. The IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the U.S., based both on consumption and the number of entries annually into the IPA categories at the Great American Beer Festival. And we love a good IPA, and we’ll be celebrating on August 1st with the hashtag #IPADay.

But sometimes we worry that our obsession with the IPA has gone too far. 

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