Highly researched and ably notated, IPA delivers a lively history of the growth and evolution of the style from the 1700’s through today. With details culled from historical brewing records of legendary breweries and experts, Mitch Steele enthusiastically and richly describes the inspiration, innovations and techniques utilized by brewers in Burton on Trent three centuries in the past to San Diego, California in the present.
Thoroughly delving into the stylistic variations, the author explains the unique qualities of Triple IPA, Belgian IPA, Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, White IPA, Double IPA and, of course, IPA, offering tips, tricks and techniques for brewing each version and the reasoning behind the selection of particular hops, grains and yeast chosen by the most accomplished brewers of the styles.
Beyond the particular variants, Steele presents the thinking behind the styles, exploring the process of producing the beers and the techniques employed to create the aromas and flavors in the finished beers. From water and water modification, mashing and lautering, to hop choice and utilization methodology, fermentation and yeast selection to dry hopping and packaging, the text uncovers the secrets behind the most popular and outstanding IPA’s brewed two centuries ago and today.
In addition to revealing general technical data and knowledge, Steele convinced the world’s greatest brewers of the styles to provide clones of famous examples, such as Goose Island IPA, Stone IPA, Deschutes Inversion IPA, Worthington White Shield, Harpoon IPA, Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Pliny the Elder and Vermont Pub and Breweries Black Watch and many, many more.
Comprehensive and passionately rendered, Steele’s IPA will prove a valued resource for home brewers and professional producers for years in the future, gaining a reputation as the definitive book on early twenty-first century IPA’s and the techniques and recipe formulation for brewing the styles.