- Brewed by: Galway bay brewery
- Style: Double IPA
- ABV%: 8.5
- From: Galway, Ireland
So I got a lot heat yesterday when I said I wasn’t a lover of IPA. I said I could appreciate a good one and I enjoyed them but personally they wouldn’t be top of my list. It all comes down to personal preference with beer, don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. If you enjoy a Belgian lambic Kriek, as I know I do from time to time, you go ahead and enjoy the hell out of that. Or if you prefer a mug of strong imperial stout warmed by dipping a hot poker straight from the fire, as my Granny was fond of, well just you do that. I’ll try and give my personal opinion on whatever lands in my glass and if that inspires you to try it out too, then great! That’s my job done.
IPA or in this case Double IPA, personally I usually call it Imperial IPA, I think Double is more the American term but since they are pretty much responsible from the creation of IPAs steroid bloated brother, we’ll call it whatever they want.
Now I’m sure you are all aware of what an IPA is by now, it’s probably the most written about beer style ever. But just incase you aren’t here’s the jist.
IPA = Indian Pale Ale. It was created during the days when Britain ruled half the bloody world. Their soldiers in India were crying out for some decent beer. The problem was that the sea journey from Britain to India was long and beer was usually past its best before date by the time it got there. And bad beer leads to unhappy soldiers. So IPA was created, a beer packed full of hops and strong in alcohol, both of these not only helped the beer survive the crossing but actually created a beer that matured and aged so well during transportation that it was far more popular with the soldiers than with anything they could get on their return to Britain. Eventually of course a version for the home market was made.
Now Double IPA is the result of those craft brewers on the west coast of America. They had an arms race but with hops, each trying to out do the other. The result is a beer that is much stronger than the traditional IPAs (about double strength, hence the name) and with a hoppy punch that will knock your teeth in.
Of foam and fury. Apt name because when you pour this, it’s like a foaming, cloudy sea in the midst of a furious storm… or at least it would be if it wasn’t a beautiful golden orange colour. It has an aroma of pine, grass and citrus fruits. The taste is everything you’d expect from a good IPA. Strong bitterness from the hops but this is perfectly balanced by the complex fruity hit. There is a slight hint of malts that I really wasn’t expecting but was very pleasantly surprised by.
This beer is almost too drinkable, the bold flavours mask the strength of it and at 8.5% you could easily over do it with this one. But if you’re patient and take the time to savour the flavours, I can think of few better ways to pass a spring afternoon than sitting outside with a glass of this. Maybe the only way it could be better was to look out over Galway bay itself.