An IPA's flavors and fragrances are as in-your-face as they are familiar and memorable, be they mangos and oranges or perhaps peaches and pine. We register these flavors at first sip, no sensory guide needed to decode tasting notes. The category has become so diverse that there's an IPA out there for anyone and everyone. Want an IPA filled with blood orange?
Crammed with cold-brewed coffee?
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Mimicking a milkshake? As dank as a marijuana farm? You got it, my friend. The IPA has become a customizable flavor delivery vehicle. Outside of the odd barrel-aged imperial stout, few beers incite such fervent passion as the IPA.
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Bar none, the IPA has captured consumers' hearts, minds and stomachs. Makes sense when you think about it since marijuana and hops are cousins, but I didn't think anyone would take the legal leap to make it a reality. I'm sure I'll find a host of new standouts on this trip, too. A while back, everyone was doing extreme hops with their beer. What do you think the next IPA trend will be? Right now, we're seeing brewers shift away from unabashed, excessive bitterness to create IPAs that are softer, juicier and fruitier — pillowy mouthfeel, not pins and needles.
That's due to a raft of great new hop varietals such as Citra and Mosaic, plus tweaked brewing processes that move the spotlight off bitterness. These hazy, highly flavorful IPAs are all the rage in the Northeast, and they're slowly conquering the country.
Moreover, I'm seeing brewers marry low-alcohol sour ales to hop loads worthy of an IPA, creating tart, tingly and fragrant refreshers. Some call 'em dry-hopped sours, while others opt for sour IPA. I dub these beers delicious.
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IPA is popular wherever microbreweries pop up it's the most frequently brewed craft beer in the U. Bright, citrusy beers laced with the local crop of hopsYakima is one of the largest hop-growing regions in the worldcreated a unique category of Northwest IPAs.
But what a Northwest IPA is and why it is so well-loved around town is rarely discussed. Bernstein tells me, "It expands to fit what it needs to. Pushed for a more specific take, he argues that hoppinessand even over-hoppingis typical of the brew, but agrees strong floral and citrus notes define the category. Those flavors descend from a heavy hand with the hops, leaving no question if love of hops is endemic around here.
After all, it's the local specialty: both the ingredients and the style come from just over the mountains. Previously IPA was both rare and brewed in the traditional, leaner, English style. For many homebrewers, including the many in the Northwest who go on to open nano- or microbreweries, that beer is the hoppy Northwest IPA. Yet in these parts, it's always gold: "The flavors are blatant.
People love the obvious, oddly familiar, and pungent flavors," Jones says, trying to put a finger on what it is that makes those brewers and drinkers alike select the bold ale. He traces that affinity back to the hops. But why do Northwest drinkers love hops? Jones suggests they're further down the beer-drinking-evolutionary path than those in regions that developed their craft-brew industry more recently. Bernstein agrees, "it's been around longer, people have had more time to catch up.
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Put simply, opening a brewery in Washington was easy, and in Oregon, even easier. People were able to follow their own path and to experiment.