St Peter’s – India Pale Ale

St Peter's - IPA

St Peter's - IPA

What better way (to attempt) to appreciate India Pale Ale by trying a version from the country that invented it; at least this is the idea. Considering IPA is a somewhat popular style in the US, and the US versions err towards the mouth shrinkingly bitter, finding an English version seemed like a good idea. Part of my appreciation has included some research into the style. One question that came to mind is why this, or any other beer, needed to be shipped from London in the first place, why didn’t some enterprising chap open a brewery in India at the time.

The Beer: St Peter’s – India Pale Ale, 5.5% abv

Appearance: Cloudy amber with visibly high carbonation; soft head quickly disappears.
Aroma: Fruity-hoppy combination, a subtle trace of malt
Taste: Clear, crisp bitterness, but not too acidic or mouth collapsing, grassy elements, plenty of hops; bitter aftertaste

It was probably a good idea to contrast the IPA style brewed in the US with that brewed in the UK. If anyone has any suggestions on an IPA brewed in the UK that is close to the original style then it would be appreciated. Until I can get a baseline then this is going to be a possible style to save for grass cutting days. Maybe I will have to accept that for now, at least, I am not getting this beer style.

Website: St Peter’s Brewery

2 thoughts on “St Peter’s – India Pale Ale

  1. We did a tasting of American IPAs recently with Evan and Pivni Filosof, with an IPA from Belhaven chucked in as a contrast between styles. I can understand why IPA doesn’t rock your boat, after all it is essentially an already over hopped bitter/pale ale, so to go and add yet more hops just seems insane (but then I am a session beer fan and would rather drink 10 pints in a night out than slowly drink 2 of something strong and violently hoppy). Having said that, I very much liked the Stone’s Cali-Belique so if you come across that buy a couple and treat yourself.

  2. Worthington White Shield is probably the closest thing still brewed to a 19th century IPA.

    I imagine opening a brewery in India would still have required shipping malt in from abroad.

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