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IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes & the Evolution of India Pale Ale [Paperback]

Mitch Steele
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1 Nov 2012
Explore the evolution of one of craft beer's most popular styles, India Pale ale. Loaded with brewing tips from some of the country's best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures. Included are 47 recipes ranging from historical beers to recipes for the most popular contemporary IPAs made by craft brewers such as Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Pizza Port Brewing and Russian River Brewing Company.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938469003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938469008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than an IPA book 7 April 2013
By Terry
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This book uses IPAs as a catalyst for discussion about all beers. It has so much useful history, technical detail and general brewing advice and experience it is a must for any brewing anything - not just an IPA. The history of the IPA in the UK and in the US is fascinating. Recipes are also included which is a great way to create your own recipes. It discusses complex processes in a level of detail that keeps it interesting and entertaining. Will be referring back to this book a lot in the next year or so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 8 Feb 2014
By trotty7
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Was interesting, but nothing special - there are other books available with similar information, but shall keep it for reference
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but average information 5 Oct 2012
By Brian LeBaron - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like beer history, you'll like this book. About half of it is history of the IPA from 1800 to present. The history is well written and extremely well researched. If you are the sort who reads the beer history blog Shut Up about Barclay Perkins, you will enjoy the book.

Unfortunately, I found the book lacking in real tips for brewing better (modern) IPAs. There is good recipe information for brewing historical IPAs circa 1800-1850 (including water chemistry), but none of the recipes are scaled for the standard 5 gallon homebrewer setup. I myself am looking forward to using the information to brew a heavily hopped Burton IPA in the near future. There are also excellent recipes for some of the best-known modern IPAs in the country. All in all, about 50 pages of recipes. These recipes are from the horse's mouth, so to speak, and should be much more accurate than anything you find on the internet.

There is some style discussion for double IPAs, black IPAs (or dark cascadians, whatever you want to call them), and Belgian IPAs, but it really doesn't amount to much and is more of a side note than a main focus.

There is good brewing information in the book, but if you have already read Palmer's How to Brew and Yeast by White and Zainesheff (both of which are excellent books all homebrewers should read), I don't think there will be anything new to you. In the end, it is a nice addition to the interested brewer, but definitely not a must-have. Cheers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 23 Oct 2012
By G. Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're interested in the british origins of IPA, you might love this book. A huge portion of the book is dedicated to history. While the recent American history (from 1960s to present) was very interesting, the older British history was pretty dry for me. What I was really hoping for was the end-all technical book on how to brew the perfect IPA. The technical portion of the book is surprisingly short and I haven't learned a lot i didn't already know (keep in mind that I have already read a lot about brewing hoppy beers.) I also feel that some of the information is vague. He doesn't say "do exactly this and your IPA will improve." Also, the recipes are a little tricky to follow, with some not clearly stating hop amounts. So, if you're looking for technical how-to, you might be a little disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 23 Jan 2014
By Jacob Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
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It reads like a history book. Title says Evolution of the IPA and it really is EVERYTHING you want to know about the evolution of the IPA and more then I wanted to know. It wasn't until the second half of the book when I started recognizing name that I really started getting interested in it. I still really enjoyed it and am even more interested now in reading more books about beer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half way through and still turning the page 29 July 2013
By thousand oaks - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally bought the book and glad I did. Great content, interesting history, seems well researched. As an avid and budding homebrewing of two years and 40ish batches I was hoping to extract a little more detail from the brewing side...but there is enough information to get me interested in tweaking a few things with future IPAs. Good job Mr. Steele. I look forward to seeing more in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reference, great IPA recipe resource. 13 Nov 2012
By Aaron Ouellette - Published on Amazon.com
Having read numerous brewing books, of both instructional, historic, and recipe this is a great combination of all three. Instead of trying to weave history with recipes and historical technique, the book is nicely divided into three main sections. History, technique & ingredients, recipes.
While the historic information may be not be terribly exciting, it's good to see the myth of IPA name corrected. It's also great to see so many recipes for amazing IPA's in one book. There is a large section dedicate to brewing techniques, and ingredients for IPA's. Recipes are from Russian River, DogfishHead, The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Avery, etc. As an avid homebrewer I can't wait to put a few of these recipes to the test, and use techniques to improve my existing hoppy ales.
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