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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 109: Eagle IPA
An Around The World special edition.

Wells Eagle IPA

Pours a clear, dark reddish amber with a medium-sized head. Some carbonation is visible.

First sip: A lot of hops up front that almost overwhelms the mild malt. Quite an astringent aftertaste and lingering bitterness. A little carbonation fizz on the tongue.

This is a little too bitter with not enough malt. It's nice enough but I'm not real impressed. I suppose it's a good beer for a hot summer's day but not for a cold, wet spring evening.

Not a yummy beer. I am disappointed.

Wells Eagle IPA
Young & Wells Ltd
3.6% Alc/vol
500ml bottle

Wells Eagle IPA

Same again, sir? No.

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If you don't like bitter, avoid IPAs and all of their kind. India ales had to survive the trip to India, all the way from the British Isles, so they loaded them up with as much hops as people could stand. Originally, they were meant to counter the sweetness of the malt, and bring in other flavors. But when they noticed that hoppy beverages lasted longer, they started using them for that purpose almost exclusively. The brews kegged up and shipped to India were probably viewed by the locals in much the same way you did? But once you start to realize that you're never going to touch another drop for the next 10 to 15 years unless it's been hopped to death, you learn to like it.

Also, much the same way that humans have begun ripping out their internal organs with dangerously hot pepper concoctions, the IPA market is suffering a similar fate. There are now competitions to see how bitter one can make your ale before it induces spontaneous projectile vomiting.

Ergo, you get concoctions like this.

Edited at 2012-04-28 10:37 pm (UTC)

I do like bitter beers, and I have had some seriously hoppy beers - I've tried Sierra Nevada Torpedo - but this one really disappointed me. I expected more from an English ale.

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