The humble IPA has evolved from a means of crafting an ale that would survive long journeys and keep British soldiers in their cups while far from home to one of the most common craft-beer styles. Just in time for IPA Day, here are a few we’ve enjoyed over the past year, and a new one you should seek out.
Black Angus (IPA)
“It is quite a nicely balanced IPA,” says Tidehouse Brewing head brewer and co-owner Peter Lionais (who is also from Sydney). “I really enjoy that it is not overly bitter and the hops flavours are not too aggressive. A really pleasant brew when you want a bit of hoppiness.”
Deception Bay (IPA)
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
This orange ale features hops aplenty: bittering Magnum, plus late additions of Huell Melon, Mandarina Bavaria, and Citra. The IBUs aren’t off the chart, but it offers big flavour and aroma.
Propeller Brewing Co.
Malt is the star in this recipe. A dry, bitter brew with caramel notes, a spicy finish and abundant hopping.
Fathom Double IPA
Nine Locks Brewing
This double IPA is based on the familiar Fathom IPA from Rockbottom Brew Pub, so you can expect over-the-top citrus and pine hop flavours with a lingering finish.
Bad Apple Brewhouse
“Some variation batch-to-batch, you’ll normally find this beer showing as the perfect example of a West Coast IPA, with a dry, refreshing finish, ultra-simple malt bill and a huge, expressive hop nose displaying citrus and stone fruit aromas.” —Chris Reynolds, co-owner of Stillwell
And one to watch for: EPH Bomb
Unfiltered Brewing/ Beau’s Brewing Co.
Halifax/ Vanleekhill, Ont.
A big beer, with big hop flavour. This hazy collaboration brew goes down easily despite its 9% ABV thanks to a hefty and bright dose of dry hopping with Azzaca and Wai-iti. Each purchase supports the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank. This new find isn’t available at the brewery yet, but you can try it at Halifax Seaport BeerFest (Aug. 11 to 12), and a special Beau’s Tap Takeover at Stillwell Beer Garden on Aug. 10. And meanwhile, Unfiltered has three of its signature IPAs on tap; you won’t regret trying any of them.
CORRECTION: Due to a fact-checking lapse, an earlier version of this post misstated the availability of EPH Bomb. Halifax Magazine regrets the error.