Post by Sue Bilstein Post by a_l_p
I googled this because it seemed contradictory and it piqued my curiosity and
found that India Pale Ale can indeed be, well, not VERY dark but not pale,
depends what it is brewed in. And the defining characteristics are mainly the
quantity and type of hops used in various ways in the brewing process to give it
good keeping quality.
"Tui India Pale Ale 4% alc/vol
Orange brown colour, estery on the nose with a sweet, flat palate. 3/5"
Looks like it's real all right.
Sweet, flat - blecch.
I don't like it myself, but it is sweet to overcome the bitterness a little.
Let's get it right, though - lagers (and other top-fermented beers)
should be gassy. and should be served cold, while ales (and other
bottom-fermented beers) should be served with little or no gas (apart
from that used to lift it and give it a head) and should be served at
In general, that is.
Neither class of beer tastes nice if not served properly.
Incidentally, this fad for fizzy cold beers is very modern. It's
probably less than 100 years old. At one time all beers and ales used to
be served less gassed and at (cool) room temperature.
I attribute the desire for chilled beers to be the result of exporting
beer to warmer climes and the advent of fridges. The chilled beer types
were developed *because* refrigerators existed, not the other way around.
I think that the desire for fizzy beers originated in the post-war years
when kids drinking fizzy pop grew up into beer drinkers and carried the
taste for fizziness into their beer-drinking ages. Also fizzy beer keeps
better in bottles and cans.
When I werre a laad back in Zummerzet, it was comparatively rare to see
bottled beer in pubs. Everything was in barrels. Any gas was the natural
residue from the brewing process.
Have you ever noticed that if something is advertised as 'amusing' or
'hilarious', it usually isn't?