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Leapbeer Review #184 India Pale Ale by Longwood Brewpub

This next beer is a staple at the Longwood Brewpub. I’ve had it several times and I always enjoy it. This classic style IPA is tasty and bold. I picked up this bomber a few months ago, and because of its age there was some sediment in it. It pours to a darker golden colour, with a thinner head to it. You get all the classic IPA flavours with a nice bitterness to it. This beer has some teeth to it, showing all of its 6.5%abv in your throat. As you continue drinking it, the bitterness sits in your mouth quite well. Whether in the pub, or in your glass at home this IPA is a great beer.

Leapbeer #184 is India Pale Ale by Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo BC

I realize it may appear that the Leapbeer has become somewhat IPA obsessed (and if I recall it isn’t the first I’d mentioned this). Truth is I have a large stock of beers in the leapbeer fridge, and I was hoping to get through them all soon. As Rob Ringma has explained to me, due to the volatility of hop compounds most craft beers are better consumed as close to completion date as possible. As IPA’s are traditionally the hoppier beers I’ve been trying by best to get through those sooner than later. I also want to get through a few so I have a baseline with which to base my thoughts from HOPoxia on July 21st. After that I’m going to expand the blog in a couple of slightly different directions, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll also be doing my best to keep out of the hoppier beers for a while after HOPoxia.

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Leapbeer Review #165 East India Pale Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

A trip back to hoppy town, again. As an admitted hop-a-holic I am always leaning towards the IPA’s when I go to pick a beer. I grabbed a 6 of this at Lucky’s Liquors in Nanaimo. A side note, this store has a fantastic craft beer selection. This IPA is brewed in the traditional style, harkening back to British brewery George Hodgeson’s original IPA recipe. They use 4 variants of hops, East Kent Golding, Willamette, Northdown and Centennial.

It pourts to a clear amber with a creamy off white head on top. There is quite a bit of carbonation in this beer as well. On the nose is a great hit of hops, likely due to the centennial. They use that variant of hops making it a hybrid of traditional and pacific northwest IPA’s. Its close to a pnw ipa. There is a lovely bitterness to this beer and it has a velvety mouthfeel to it. After you sip it you are left with a nice thin layer of bitterness in your mouth.

On another note, I tried this while eating a medium spicy curry and it worked really well. This is my first *successful* food pairing. I’ll post about my failed attempts in a later post.

My only problem with this beer is the name. I didn’t think we needed to clarify ‘East” in an IPA. Maybe I am being overly sensitive, but I wouldn’t ever think of native North Americans as Indians. Just my 2 cents.

Leapbeer #165 is East India Pale Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

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