IPA from across the pond

With the brewer of Meantime ales coming to a meet the brewer night at Belmont Station, I thought it would be a prime opportunity to try another one of their tasty beers. With a choice between the IPA and the porter, I went with the IPA, due to the heat Portland was about to endure; three days of temps in the hundreds, and suddenly IPAs seem like a very good idea.

This is a real change from the US IPAs; the golding hops mellow this beer out, giving it a raisin-y flavor, and the fuggles hops don’t even come close to giving this the bitterness of the IPAs in America. Personally, I love that it can be so different, and yet still be considered in style.

There’s also a drying  element, almost as powerful as white wine which makes me think that it could be paired with foods that have strong flavors because this beer hits the reset button on my taste buds. It does it differently though, choosing mouthfeel (dryness) instead of taste (bitterness). I say it’s worth a pint or three.

2 thoughts on “IPA from across the pond”

  1. Welcome, Paul! With all the styles and possibilities I think that beer can be almost anything, actually. Saying that it needs to be one thing or another limits what I feel is possible.

    And I ought to say; there is a big, big difference between IPAs and Northwest IPAs. In California, the brewery Six Rivers does a much more subtle IPA, but with different hops than Meantime’s. However, IPAs in the Northwest, like Oregon and Washington (and to an extent, Colorado and some breweries in California) do tend to be more potent. But IPAs from other parts of the country tend more toward the traditional style.

    This doesn’t mean the NW beers aren’t subtle however; the really balanced IPAs are delicious, even though they are very hopped. Alaskan and Red Hook, but also local brewers like the Lucky Lab make some great IPAs. Lucky Lab’s Imperial “Super Duper Dog” is one of my favorites.

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