Visitors to ‘The Brewclub’ will know (or can see from the post below) that I dropped offline for a while recently.
My wife was taken ill in early September and sadly passed away at the start of October. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of my best friends.
Both taken by cancer, suddenly and too soon.
It was a torrid time and frankly, objectively sampling and reviewing exotic beers was a low priority, my heart and palate were simply not in it.
I needed something to reignite my interest, and this took the form of a book, and two cases of beer.
I will reveal the first beer tomorrow, in the meantime I have this rather excellent book – ‘Complete IPA’ – which landed on my doormat recently, courtesy of the beer pixies.
I’ve made no secret, here at ‘The Brewclub’ of my enjoyment of IPA’s in their various incarnations, so I dived (dove?) into this tome with great relish.
For a start, it’s an elegant hardback book, with a journeyman ‘cloth bound’ vibe, it’ll look good on a bookshelf or coffee table.
There’s an introduction that describes the history of the IPA style, how it’s brewed, the characteristic of the various hops used before venturing into an IPA road trip with regional guides for several regions of the United States.
There are mentions of other IPA Styles – ‘Wet’ IPA’s, Red IPA’s, Dark IPA’s and so on, but the majority of the book comprises (lots of) reviews of various American IPA’s, with the occasional mention of IPA’s from around the world.
To be fair, this book is aimed squarely at the American market, Blighty is covered in just thirteen pages of a book that comes in just shy of three hundred pages. There are mentions of British IPA’s by Brewdog, Thornbridge, Magic Rock, Meantime, Kernel, Buxton, Fuller’s, Worthington.
A worthy selection, to be fair, and Joshua describes Thornbridge’s epic ‘Jaipur X‘ as “a delicious doozy worth trying”.
Perhaps Joshua will make enough money from the sales of this book to fund a more comprehensive tour of Blighty, I’m sure that Pete Brown would enjoy showing him round.
As I said at the start of this review, this copy was supplied courtesy of the Beer Pixies but, I’m pretty sure that I would have bought my own copy, or added it to my Christmas list.
Rating: (If you’re American)
Rating: (if you’re a Brit)
I’m thinking of maybe making an American road trip sometime in the future, and this could well find itself in my flight bag.