IPA was created back in the late 18th – early 19th century for the export market where the taste for heavily hopped beers was thriving. The popular misconception is that the hops were added in great quantity to help ‘preserve’ the beer for the transportation to the colonies aboard the trade ships. The preserving qualities of hops is not in question, however the fact that beer could spoil on the journey is more of a fallacy. Most, if not all, beer can survive easily in a cask for over a year and so would pose no real problem to transport. The main idea why IPA grew in popularity is that the original brewers of it were situated around the East London docks. These docks were the main shipping ports to the East Indian colonies and so a greater percentage of the cargo was from the local pale ales. This orange version of the classic IPA model is certainly an interesting proposal.
This beer pours like a cloudy orange squash. Light and vibrant its orange origins are in plain view. A thin head is visible, pure white in colour. Upon smelling the beer you are immediately hit with massive hop notes which are obviously good qualities of an IPA. Following up the big hop hitter is another aroma, however from the name it’s not as intense as you would think. For an orange ale the citrus nose isn’t as obvious as you would believe, which is probably a good thing. We are, after all, drinking beer not squash!
On to the tasting then. Once again a good strong hit of hops is noticeable here, reflecting its IPA standing, however the oily finish of the hops soon gives way to a light citrus orange twang. Mixing qualities of both sweet and bitter this orange flavour coats the palate well leaving it satisfied yet wanting more. The zesty bitterness counterpoint the slightly sweet higher orange and malty notes. Never over powering the ale they linger beautifully on the tongue, enveloping it in mouth-watering goodness. Ever so slightly creamy the lasting bitterness lingers well on the tongue.
A great beer, would be excellent for the summer months as a good refreshing beer. Not too shabby during the colder climes either. The high ABV of 7% gives it a well-rounded punch that compliments the marmaladey creaminess well.