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Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Nottingham Drinker

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IPA Trail

Introducing the 3nd Nottingham CAMRA IPA Hop

With the success of both the Mild Trail and Stout & Porter Stroll in promoting different styles of
beer throughout the year, present the second annual IPA Hop.
Nottingham CAMRA’s first IPA Hop is organised by some of the branch’s Young Members with the assistance of other
members of the committee – and with the success of last year we decided to do it again this year and with 38 pubs taking part from 1st to 31st August, it is already more successful than we
imagined!
There is a minimum restriction of 5.5% ABV as a ‘tip of the hat’ not only to the original style IPAs which had to make the trip
across the ocean to India, but to traditional

Download the IPA Hop Guide

What is IPA?

In looking into this I have discovered that the only thing I thought I knew to be true about IPA is that it stands for India Pale Ale – although even this can now be brought into question considering the new trend of “Black IPAs”.

IPAs today are more broadly described as “very hoppy beers”. Where in the world you are depends on the strength category it is put into; the UK being of much lower strength than places such as America, Australia and New Zealand where the style is also very popular. Whilst in the UK some excellent hoppy IPAs are produced by numerous microbreweries, the name has been hijacked in a few more widely known brands, where it is arguably misused to refer to weaker and not particularly hoppy standard bitters.

What I always believed to be the origin of the IPA was a strong and hoppy beer, made so that it would last the trip across the ocean to India. Despite my original beliefs, it turns out IPAs weren’t particularly brewed any stronger than any other beer at the time, and most British-brewed beers could well have made the trip over the water. The beers were not brewed solely for British colonists living and/or working in India, and drinkers in India did not prefer lighter beer over darker Porters, etc.

It was not in fact until during the Great War that Britain started making lower strength ABV beers due to restrictions and rationing, and this is only just starting to pick back up to the levels that beer was originally brewed.

So this trail is in fact not just a tip of the hat to IPAs, but to traditional British brewing altogether, with our minimum restriction of 5.5% ABV, we hope you enjoy it – and sensibly!

Links about IPA

http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/the-origins-of-ipa
http://www.30daysofipa.co.uk/history
http://www.brewingtechniques.com/library/styles/2_2style.html

 



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