The English invented the India Pale Ale (IPA) style as a hoppy, higher alcohol beer meant to withstand the long journey to the colonies in India in the days before refrigeration. For this beer, we wondered what would've happened if the Germans had colonized India instead. They would have made this style as a lager, rather than an ale, and of course they would have used German Pilsner malt. We added three German hop varities in the kettle and also dry-hopped it. Very unique! ABV= 7.7% IBU's=90
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Tap: bright orange with huge rocky head. Great lacing. Aroma has a huge citrus zest kick to it. Lots of orange and grapefruit zest. Has a residuel pine resin aroma hiding in the background. Flavor has the same huge citrus zest to it, tiny bit of malt sweetness towards the finish. Would pass for a fine ipa. Assuming it was fermented cooler/lager? Certainly doesn’t resemble a pale lager.
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: Excellent orange and citrus hop aroma. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and a nice white head with decent retention and great lacing. Lots of sweet orange up front with a big grapefruit hop finish. Listed as a pale lager, but really comes across as a real hoppy, but well balanced IPA. Very nice. Has to be the best Pale Lager I’ve ever had.
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