What is an IPA (India Pale Ale)?

The American IPA is a different soul from the reincarnated IPA style. More flavourful than the withering English IPA, colour can range from very pale golden to reddish amber. Hops are typically American with a big herbal and / or citric character, bitterness is high as well. Moderate to medium bodied with a balancing malt backbone.

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On Thursday, August 1st, 2013, where will you be?   At home? At your local watering hole? At a buddy’s?  Don’t forget to have an IPA (India Pale Ale) in honour of #IPADay!  Share a IPA with a fellow buddy.   Here’s some history about #IPADay.

The history behind #IPADay

For the past two years, hundreds of events, tastings, festivals and dinners have been hosted around the world in celebration of IPA Day. Last year, roughly 12 thousand tweets from more than eight thousand people were sent out over a 24-hour period, yielding over 10 million impressions for the #IPAday hashtag on Twitter.

Throughout the day, the official hashtag trended in several major U.S. metropolises, including New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Alabama. From Asia to South America—mentions of #IPAday on Twitter extended across six continents.

The goal is to make this year’s IPA Day even more viral. Getting involved is easy, the only requirements are an appreciation for great craft beer and the willingness to spread the word. Anyone can participate by enjoying an IPA with friends, making some noise online with the #IPAday hashtag and showing the world that craft beer is more than a trend.

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India Pale Ales are dominating the beer scene these days, getting more hoppy and creative than ever before.   Here’s a list of the top rated reviews of IPAs here on (plus a few that are yet to be reviewed) that should be in your LCBO basket for August 1st, 2013, #IPADay:

Reviewed Brews:
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale by Spearhead Brewing Company
Boneshaker IPA by Amsterdam Brewery
Lone Pine IPA by Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Hops & Robbers by Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Dead Elephant IPA by Railway City Brewing Co.
Shangri-La IPA by Wellington Brewery – Welly One-Off (If you live in Guelph, there are some left at the brewery)

Other IPAs that you should try! 
Baldwin FishEYE PA by Kensington Brewing Co.
Mad Tom IPA by Muskoka Brewery
West Coast Pale Ale by Church-Key Brewing Co.
Headstock IPA by Nickel Brook Brewing
Smashbomb Atomic IPA by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beaver River I.P.Eh? by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Curmudgeon IPA by Grand River Brewing

Happy drinking!  Don’t forget to use #IPADay on the social networks!

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