Fermenting: 11/12/2005 Bottled: 18/12/2005
By popular demand, I’ve put on an IPA. IPA stands for India Pale Ale, which is a style of beer from the 18th century.
Back then the British Empire spanned the world. Having so many colonies meant a lot of soldiers, many of whom missed their damp, cold homeland, and the beer brewed there. Regular beer couldn’t make the 6 month trip out to India and other parts without spoiling, so the beermakers of London came up with a beer that could survive the trip.
High alcohol and high hop rates made for a beer that was very potent, and less likely to be upset by the varying temperatures and conditions of the voyage from England to India, around the Cape of Good Hope and across the equator twice.
Coopers have two recipes for IPA on their site, one a mid-strength, the other a strong. No guesses which one I’ve made.
Tasting notes: A good, strong ale. Not highly aromatic, though. If anything, the high percentage of alcohol is noticable in the aroma. Quite bitter, but palatably so. A beer for beer lovers. 7/10