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  • Specialty IPA

    Specialty IPA

    Specialty IPA isn’t a distinct style, but is more appropriately thought of as a competition entry category. Beers entered as this style are not experimental beers; they are a collection of currently produced types of beer that may or may not have any market longevity. This category also allows for expansion, so potential future IPA variants (St. Patrick’s Day Green IPA, Romulan Blue IPA, Zima Clear IPA, etc.) have a place to be entered without redoing the style guidelines. The only common element is that they have the balance and overall impression of an IPA (typically, an American IPA) but with some minor tweak.

    The term ‘IPA’ is used as a singular descriptor of a type of hoppy, bitter beer. It is not meant to be spelled out as ‘India Pale Ale’ when used in the context of a Specialty IPA. None of these beers ever historically went to India, and many aren’t pale. But the craft beer market knows what to expect in balance when a beer is described as an ‘IPA’ – so the modifiers used to differentiate them are based on that concept alone.

    Aroma: Detectable hop aroma is required; characterization of hops is dependent on the specific type of Specialty IPA. Other aromatics may be present; hop aroma is typically the strongest element.

    Appearance: Color depends on specific type of Specialty IPA. Most should be clear, although certain styles with high amounts of starchy adjuncts, or unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be slightly hazy. Darker types can be opaque making clarity irrelevant. Good, persistent head stand with color dependent on the specific type of Specialty IPA.

    Flavor: Hop flavor is typically medium-low to high, with qualities dependent on typical varieties used in the specific Specialty IPA. Hop bitterness is typically medium-high to very high, with qualities dependent on typical varieties used in the specific Specialty IPA. Malt flavor generally low to medium, with qualities dependent on typical varieties used in the specific Specialty IPA. Commonly will have a medium-dry to dry finish. Some clean alcohol flavor can be noted in stronger versions. Various types of Specialty IPAs can show additional malt and yeast characteristics, depending on the type. Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Some smooth alcohol warming can be sensed in stronger versions. 

    Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Some smooth alcohol warming can be sensed in stronger versions.

    Overall Impression: Recognizable as an IPA by balance – a hop-forward, bitter, dryish beer – with something else present to distinguish it from the standard categories. Should have good drinkability, regardless of the form. Excessive harshness and heaviness are typically faults, as are strong flavor clashes between the hops and the other specialty ingredients.

    Strength classifications: Session – ABV: 3.0 – 5.0% Standard – ABV: 5.0 – 7.5% Double – ABV: 7.5 – 10.0%

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    Elusive Shadow of the Beast
    Black IPA
    TheCellarMonk
    TheCellarMonk  
    109 0 1 0

    Beer Information

    Serving types:
    • KeyKeg
    • Cask Conditioned
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    5%
    Availability:
    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Cascadian Dark Ale
     
    0 (0)
    Evil Twin Yin & Yang
    Black IPA
    TheCellarMonk
    TheCellarMonk  
    912 0 1 0

    Beer Information

    Serving types:
    Bottled 12oz
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    Availability:
    Seasonal/Limited Release
    This is a complete RTD Black and Tan. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where we flawlessly mixed a flippant good Imperial IPA with a profoundly evil Imperial Stout and sustained sweet beer balance.
     
    41 (1)
    Sweetwater Hash Brown
    Brown IPA
    TheCellarMonk
    TheCellarMonk  
    631 0 2 0

    Beer Information

    Serving types:
    • On Tap
    • Cans
    • Barrel(s)
    • Bottled 12oz
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    60 IBU's
    Availability:
    Fall
    We fired up the skillet to 420°, tossed in a sizzling concoction of 2-row, Wheat, Pale Chocolate, Cara-Brown and Midnight Wheat, then added in a hefty dose of hop hash and other dank-ish-ish-ish fixin’s to scatter, smother and cover this baby all the way. Resiny, citrusy...
     
    45 (1)
    Twisted Barrel Call of Korriban
    Black IPA
    TheCellarMonk
    TheCellarMonk  
    613 0 1 0

    Beer Information

    Serving types:
    On Tap
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    6%
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    65 IBU's
    Availability:
    Available Year-round
    Light in body, high in flavour, this beer delivers fantastic notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruits reminiscent of a classic IPA but at a strength you can drink all night long.
     
    0 (0)
    Twisted Barrel In Amber Clad
    Rye IPA
    TheCellarMonk
    TheCellarMonk  
    654 0 1 0

    Beer Information

    Serving types:
    On Tap
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    6%
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    62 IBU's
    Availability:
    Available Year-round
    Our flagship IPA, In Amber Clad is utterly dripping with flavour. Ripe grapefuit, mango and citrus dominate the palate; the rye malt providing a spicy finish that blends effortlessly with the hops.
     
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