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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Local IPAs gain recognition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 6:04 PM

click to enlarge Parish Brewing's Ghost in the Machine - PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • Parish Brewing's Ghost in the Machine

India Pale Ale, or IPA, is the king of the craft beer movement, but it is a continuously  evolving style. The once-popular West Coast-style IPA, known for its bitter and resinous hop character, has been replaced by the New England style: an unfiltered, juicy brew with more floral and citrus character. Other styles, including lower-alcohol session IPA and flavored IPAs, which infuse fruit and spices into the beer, have had their moments as well. No matter which version is trending, though, a big bunch of hops remains the essential ingredient in IPAs.

Louisiana breweries are doing much with the style, introducing new IPAs and updating established ones. Here are a few of the most widely heralded IPAs in the local market.

  • Gnarly Barley Brewing Company's Jucifer
    One of the latest additions to the craft beer scene, Jucifer lands firmly within the New England style. This hazy juice bomb has become popular quickly. In fact, Gnarly Barley released a statement saying the brewers “have decided to suspend packaging of Jucifer cans to allow us to focus on meeting the demand for draft.” The brewery plans to resume canning once it acquires additional brewing capacity and staff.
  • Great Raft Brewing's Grace and Grit
    This well-balanced double IPA has been a favorite in local bottle shops since its introduction in 2014. The latest version adds Amarillo hops — with hints of melon and stone fruit — to the usual recipe, complementing its traditional Citra hops to create a more complex flavor.
  • Parish Brewing Company's Ghost in the Machine
    This summer has seen a welcome surge in production of this beer-geek favorite. Its big, tropical, juicy flavor is countered by a mild bitterness that dries out quickly, making the 8 percent alcohol by volume double IPA more accessible than a typical strong brew.

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