Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pic(k) of the Week: Summertime refreshment

Summertime refreshment

Swam a leisurely lap there and back; then, poolside, hydrated straight outta the can. No glass allowed. A hometown Sweetwater Brewing IPA redolent of fresh tangerines and old-school London-gin juniper, chased by a spicy-dry finish.

These days in the U.S., an IPA (India Pale Ale) can be about just anything, just not much about India or pale, a definition modified beyond much standard meaning. Traditionally, however, an IPA has been an ale ...
characterized by high levels of alcohol and hops. It gained its name thanks to its huge popularity in British India and other outposts of the British Empire throughout the 19th century, as a result of its keeping abilities on long sea voyage and its refreshing character when it finally reached its destination.
The Oxford Companion to Beer: Oxford University Press, 2012.

On 25 June 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia, it was an IPA, new world style. I didn't mind. Summertime and the living tasted easier.

  • Sweetwater IPA:
    • Grist: 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 70/80.
    • Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Columbus; finished with Simcoe, US Goldings. Alcohol-by-volume (abv): 6.3%.
    • International bittering units (IBUs): nto given
  • IBUs - International Bitterness Units - are a measuring scale of bitterness in beer, literally the amount of dissolved alpha acids in a beer that are contributed by hops boiled and agitated during the kettle boil. One IBU equals one part per million of isohumulone, or 1 milligram of alpha acid dissolved in 1 liter of beer. That being said, hops are herbs, and can (and often are) used for their herbal character rather than purely for bitterness. Other factors can also influence the impression of bitterness, such as balance of flavors, amount of malt used, and high terminal gravity (amount of non-fermentable sugar remaining in the finished beer).

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as the subject. Camera: Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge.
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