5 Seasons Spiney Normans IPA

Brewed by 5 Seasons Brewing Company
Atlanta, Georgia USA
- India Pale Ale (IPA) | 31 Ratings |
This is an American style IPA. India Pale Ale originated when English breweries were contracted to supply ales to the British troops in India, in the 19th Century. They were brewed to a slightly higher gravity than local London Ales and then allowed to mature shipboard, en route to India. A dose of fresh hops was added to each barrel (a process called “dry-hopping”), to protect the brew from spoilage and increase shelf-life, as hops are a natural preservative. Unlike most military ration, IPAs really caught on in popularity with the troops who began to demand it in local pubs, upon their return home. American IPA is hopped a little more generously than its British cousin, with our more aromatic American hop varieties. Ours is brewed with American, German, Belgian and English specialty malts and then liberally dry-hopped with a blend of Cascade and Columbus hops, from the Yakima Valley. This gives it a nice, bright, citrus, floral aroma.

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