Craft beers and cocktails @ ely – Part 5

by Barry Rowan

Are you a Hop-Head?

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 Because if you are you’ll want to look at a few of the double IPAs in this post.

IPAs or Indian Pale Ales are a style of beer that generally have a higher ABV (alcohol by volume) and normally have a stronger hoppier taste. When exporting beer from the UK over to India, they used to increase the alcoholic volume from around 3.5% to around 5.5% as the alcohol would act as a stabilizer for export. In addition to that extra hops were added, which also act as a natural preservative. Thus the IPA was born and coincidently a good powerful hoppy beer goes really well with very spicy food as the power of the beer is still noticeable even after a hot curry!

That’s what an IPA is. Now a DOUBLE IPA is basically the same as above, only more! -They are generally hoppier and hold a bigger abv. Typically between 6.5%-9% but some brewers are really playing around with this style and pushing the boundries to make them hoppier and more alcoholic.

RavenThornbridge, Wild Raven – 6.6% ABV

500ml bottle

Voted World’s Best IPA 2012 and 2013 at the World Beer Awards. This is a black IPA.
The use of chocolate malts (as you see in many porters/stouts) gives the beer depth and complexity.
In balance to that it uses centennial hops to give it bitterness and hoppy characters.

One of or milder double ipa’s at 6.6abv.

 

 


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O’Hara’s, Double IPA – 7.5% ABV

500ml bottle

A full-bodied, full-on Double IPA combining caramel and malt flavours with a well-balanced and substantial bitterness, which is topped off by a tantalising hop aroma with notes of tangerine and grapefruit.
Light carbonation allows the full flavour of this beer to shine through.

 

 


Galway Bay, Of Foam of Fury – 8.5% ABV

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500ml bottle

The Mac-Daddy of them all, this double IPA from the Galway Bay Brewery is quite the handful.
It is still a well-balanced IPA with a “malt backbone” but still has the great characteristic flavours of orange peel, cumin and pine. This little beaut kicks like a mule, so watch you step when you eventually get up from your seat as you might not know what hit you!

 

 


Trouble Brewing, Chasing the Dragon – 8% ABV

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356ml draught

This is a once off brew from the lads in the Trouble Brewing and after tasting it down in the brewery a few weeks back, I was keen to get my hands on some.
Brewed especially for the craft beer festival in the RDS in Agusut 2014, this double IPA has it all. A good powerful, punchy beer with a good hoppy taste.
However, in keeping with the trouble style it has a good amount of malt in the beer which balances the against the bitter hops, resulting in a fine, smooth double IPA which is not overpowering and quite enjoyable to neck!

 

One Response to Craft beers and cocktails @ ely – Part 5

  1. When I moved to California in 1993, I was introduced to pale ales. They are now my favorite.

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