Conshohocken Type A IPAMarch 13, 2017
A simple, straightforward American IPA: fruit cocktail up front with an aroma like sweet pineapple syrup as the base. But close-up the aroma is full of fresh green onion with a touch of sweat. Some malt: pronounced bitterness which reminds me of the orange bitters used in cocktails for some reason. A pretty simple and straightforward example of the style.Ray Daniels is the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program and the author, editor or publisher of more than two dozen books on beer and brewing. Follow him on Twitter @Cicerone_org.
Ordering an IPA these days is a lot like Russian roulette. With so many hop flavors and regional substyles emerging, it’s not always clear what you’ll get. So, when a solid citizen of the style emerges, consider yourself lucky. Harkening back to the early part of this century in its unapologetic West Coast flavor, you get sticky dank grapefruit, pine sap and a smack of papaya. Finishes slightly dry and just a little bit chewy.John Holl is the editor of All About Beer Magazine.