Here at Food E File we love us some IPA’s, here is what some of our contributing writing have to say about it. My personal favorite of the bunch is Trillium, but what do I know? Drink them all!
Intro to IPA Day
Chef Ross Christenson
Happy IPA day!
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Here’s what you need to know..
Out in Boulder, Colorado there is a brewery that has been making waves since its inception in 1993. Adam Avery says his love for beer began as an infant when his Aunt would put the libation on his pacifier to ease the pain of teething (he doesn’t remember if it was an ale or a lager), so as President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing, you might say he’s doing what he was born to do. After several years of experimental home brewing, the beer stacking up faster than he and his friends could drink, he was persuaded into starting a brewery that has seen exponential growth over the last two decades, and at the heart of that growth is a couple amazing IPAs.
The Avery IPA, dubbed by them to be “Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale,” remains very balanced and approachable. I am by no means a hop freak, and their IPA is exactly what I look for in a Pale Ale: subtle, nuanced flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine, mouthwatering acidity, and a round malty finish. A solid beer, especially at the price point eight or nine bucks for a six pack, so you won’t have to break the bank.
If you’re looking for something a little more intense, look no further than The Maharaja. The second beer in Avery’s Dictator Series, this Imperial IPA is consistently one of the highest rated beers on Beer Advocate, but you can still get it in a 22oz. bomber for around $10. Deep amber in color, the intense floral hops hit the nose first, opening up to more grapefruit and lemon, while a backbone of pine and malt remains ever-present on the palate. With huge doses of hops and malted barley, as well as higher alcohol (10-12%), this is a much mightier IPA, yet the balance of the malty sweetness helps set it apart from the over-hopped, palate-destroying IPAs that I typically avoid. Powerful but delicious, complex and eye-opening, The Maharaja should be near the top of your IPA list.
At one point in the beer world, brewers were constantly striving for bigger and hoppier, not stopping until they had destroyed every taste bud in your mouth. But now they are realizing balance and delicacy can be much more enjoyable, and that is the main reason I love Avery’s many offerings. It’s just as satisfying on a sun-drenched porch after a long, hard day as it is at 9:00am while writing an article about beer in your living room…but I wouldn’t know anything about the latter.
Trillium Brewing – Congress Street IPA
Side note: This is Food E File’s favorite brewery in the Boston area
Trillium Brewery is in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood of Boston, and offers a constantly changing menu of beer, including their classic, Congress Street IPA.
It is American style IPA with an ABV of 7.2% marked by its crisp and mildly bitter finish. It has a nice foamy head, a sweet fruity and herbal bitter nose with a golden honey appearance. The aromatic notes of the beer transition from sweet and fruity, into a wonderfully earthy taste with a malty backbone. The intricate flavor really develops and is noticeable when the beer warms, allowing for the ingredients to blossom.
This splendid beer is a wonderfully complex that offers a balanced flavor, a rich mouthfeel, and light body. It’s a great beer for an IPA lover and those just getting into the genre.
Your best bet for acquiring a bomber or growler of any Trillium beer is to visit their brewery over in Southie. Also check out http://trilliumbrewing.com for bottle shops, bars and other beery geekery that pertain to Boston’s BEST brewery.
Ballast Point Brewing – Sculpin IPA
The people behind Concrete Beach Brewery know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to beer. They tease your taste buds and rattle your brain. In fact, it begins with the mystery behind who Sola is? The artsy depicted girl on their logo. No one knows for sure, but all I know is that she makes me return for more IPA pints.
The brewery currently has six craft beers on tap that generally live three to four weeks in the brewing process. One being an IPA called RICA. Why? Because the multicultural essence of the City of Miami fluently speaks English and Spanish…and RICA means “Delicious.” This unfiltered wheat pale ale brings hops such as Galena, Warrior, Citra, Centennial and Cascade. The Warrior particular brings the balance to this beer, as it levels out the bitterness leaving a smooth and clean after taste.
Surprisingly, you would think this beer based on its strong bitter taste would appear dark. However, its color is light and golden. With an ABV of 6.5% and IBU’s of 60 it’s an excellent candidate to have you wanting to find out where to pick up a six pack. If you reside in Miami, you’re in luck as Concrete Beach Brewery stocks this beer at about 15 locations such as supermarkets and gas stations. Restaurants are also serving up “delicious,” and I’m sure this brewery is nowhere near stopping.
Samuel Adams Brewing – Rebel Rider
Samuel Adams has expanded its IPA family with Rebel IPA, Rebel Rouser and Rebel Rider.
Nightshift IPA Selections
Harpoon Brewery has 5 IPAs. I recently went to the Harpoon Brewery and tried them all. My favorite is Harpoon IPA and if you also like lighter IPAs that are less “bitter” and hoppy, I recommend Harpoon IPA and Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA. If you like more “bitter” and stronger IPAs then you will enjoy Ghost King, Take 5 and Leviathan.