Double IPAs & their place in drinking culture

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2016 by kmflett

Double IPAs and their place in drinking culture


As the usually to the point beer writer Matthew Curtis noted a few days ago, given the reported shortage of hops world-wide (not I suspect East Kent Goldings) and perhaps particularly hops that have, broadly, citrus related characteristics, it is perhaps a little surprising that early April has seen the launch of a number of new Double IPAs (DIPAs)

Such beers, invariably strong in alcohol (and high in price) as well as robustly flavoured may well not be to everyone’s liking. They are beers for sipping in halves or perhaps preferably thirds, certainly not for drinking pints of.

I’ve tried several in the last couple of days- Track’s Cotopaxi (8%)at the Euston Tap and Cloudwater’s DIPA v3 (9%) at the Hop Locker.

I thought both those good beers with perhaps the Cloudwater shading my choice for best.

I’ve also tried the latest iteration of Magic Rock’s Human & UnHuman Cannonball. In the end I’m not sure which of those two was the most beard friendly.

And finally I tried the latest iteration of Brewdog’s Born to Die in Brewdog Cardiff. That was orange citrusy on that occasion.

In a blind tasting I could probably tell the difference between these beers but I wouldn’t always absolutely guarantee it.

Clearly different recipes, hops and yeast are used but the bottom line defining characteristic is that these are strong beers that are easy (some might say a little too easy) to drink and do not taste sweet and cloying.

Until very recently a beer of 8-9% or above would almost invariably taste like that and would in my view be more or less undrinkable as a result.

That, thanks to the brewer’s art and ambition, is no longer the case.

Progress, unless of course you like really sweet beer.

I’m not sure that a comparison could be made with a fine wine or one-off malt whisky in terms of specificity, but then again perhaps it could. Beer is underwritten, certainly in the UK, because proletarians drink it and clearly they can’t have refined tastes, can they…

And of course all the beers passed the beard friendly test

However on 17th April Megan Davies and myself will be tasting Cloudwater DIPA v3, Magic Rock Human Cannonball, Brewdog Born to Die and Buxton Kingmaker in an effort to discover which is really the most beard friendly of them all…


One Response to “Double IPAs & their place in drinking culture”

  1. Look out for the “One Big Tank Under The Bar” Manifesto, to be published shortly.

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