ORIGINAL DRAFTS: HOPWORKS ORGANIC IPA Monday, June 18, 2012
So, that old story about British brewers heavily hopping casks of pale ale to preserve it all during colonial voyages to India turns out to be not so true. Sometimes ales were spiced with extra hops, but only when shipping them anywhere warmer than the U.K.
In fact, it looks like IPAs first gained favor back home Britain, not India. India Pale Ale was just one name of many that finally stuck to the wall.
Luckily, no one really, truly cares—we might be losing a fun little bit of cultural mythology, but we sure got one helluva beer, and right now, we’re serving what we think is one of Oregon’s superlative ones, and it’s brewed just a few miles across the river from us.
Liberally spiced with Ahtanum, Centennial and Cascade hops, the India Pale Ale crafted by the folks at the nearly-almost-completely carbon-neutral Hopworks Urban Brewery, is made with 100 percent organic ingredients.
And with an ABV of 6.6 percent and measuring 75 IBUs, it’s got bite, but not so much that you can’t detect the subtle notes from the beer’s caramel malts.
If it were music, this IPA would have to be some Phil Spector-produced track—a thundering, rolling Wall of Sound for your mouth, where you can turn everything all the way up without losing the the nuances and integrity of its various parts.
Beer! Let it sing your song! Get it fresh, and on-tap, while it lasts.