India Pale Ale was originally brewed in the UK for shipping to colonists living in India. The distinctively high hop ad alcohol levels of the IPA style both helped to preserve the beer for the long sea voyage. The movement of the ship at sea would keep the yeast suspended in the beer and result in a highly attenuated (dry) beer.
The Gladstone IPA glints a dark copper, with aromas of tropical fruit readily apparent and complimented by resinous pine. Lightly malted, strong bitterness from West Coast hops is the focus, complimented rather than diffused by bright citrus flavours courtesy of a generous amount of Southern Hemisphere hops. What malt character remains is most apparent after swallowing, where the light sweetness works to hold the bitterness on the tongue.
ABV – 6.6%
IBU – 70
Malts – Canadian Pale Ale, Canadian Wheat, UK Crystal, US Vienna
Hops – US Chinook, US Simcoe, GR Mandarina Bavaria, US Summit
Yeast – wlp090 San Diego