#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 25
Beer: Wilderness IPA
The Brewer: Allendale Brew Co
To start another week…
First impressions: this smells great. Lovely and hoppy. Definitely Cascade – I’m not a hop aficionado, but I know Cascade when I smell it, and I love the taste.
Please don’t let me down…
And it hasn’t. I love a good IPA and this one seems to hit the mark from the first taste.
There’s some bitterness in there that hangs around on the tongue, but the smell – a big part of beer enjoyment – catches you with every taste.
In fact, this is a little more bitter than I might normally go for, but it’s very enjoyable.
A look at the can tells me it’s actually quadruple hopped: Cascade (yes, good old nose), Centennial, Citra and Zeus.
I could grow to like this, but it’s a school night and this is 6.3%, so I shall enjoy the rest of the can, giving it the respect it deserves.
Where in the North?
Allendale, in Northumberland, is a twice winner of village of the year for all England.
Although small, it can throw a party. The most famous of these parties is the Tar Bar’l, after which a very nice beer has been names. That reminds me…track down some Tar Bar’l for later in the blogathon…
Tonight’s fun fact is not about the place, but about the beer. IPA stands for India Pale Ale and the style was originally brewed because, unlike other beers of the time, it did not go off on the long boat journey out to the colony of India. Ironically, the British who invented it eventually stopped brewing and the IPA style was resurrected by the Americans before once again becoming popular in Britain.
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