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Space Camper IPA from Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, Missouri. The brewers employed massive hop additions to minimize upfront bitterness and create a juicy IPA. Scroll Down for more info about Space Camper and IPAs!!
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
Location: Kansas City, MO
Description: India Pale Ale
Available in a pre-packaged 6 Pack, Mix + Match 6 pack, or by the bottle.
NOTES from Cactus Creek: Space Camper was a new release from Boulevard in January 2019 and will be available year round. It's our favorite IPA from Boulevard so far. Great juicy flavor.
NOTES from Boulevard: Space Camper Cosmic IPA is an exhilarating initiation into a mind-bending alternate universe of India Pale Ales. Our brewers employ massive hop additions at the end of the boil, and during fermentation, to minimize upfront bitterness and create a juicy IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of nectar and citrus. More HERE.
WHAT IS India Pale Ale??
An answer from Henry Jeffreys - a drinks writer based in London.
So what is IPA? The initials stand for India pale ale. It was the answer to the problem of providing beer for the British Empire in the east. It was too hot to brew in India, so what was needed was a beer that could survive the gruelling six-month journey from Britain intact. In the 1780s, a London brewer called Hodgson answered the call by sending out a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale that would normally be aged like wine before drinking. The beer not only survived the journey, but was found to have improved immeasurably. This was the prototype IPA; the beer gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the Indian climate.
Hodgson’s beer was imitated by bigger brewers, such as Bass. It evolved into something weaker, just plain old pale ale, for the home market. With the coming of refrigeration, proper IPA itself began to die out. Until that is the Americans rediscovered their love of brewing some time around 1976. The craft brewers in the States merrily set about recreating forgotten British styles – including IPA. Being American, they didn’t do things by halves. These new ales were packed with alcohol and hops.
From America, IPA returned home across the Atlantic. It’s been a funny old journey: a beer that was invented in Britain for the Indian market, was revived by Americans and then copied by brewers in Britain. A fine example of the reborn IPA is Jaipur by Thornbridge. It positively zings with citric hoppiness, though I imagine it would taste even better after six months mellowing on a slow boat to India. More HERE.