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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of the history and brewing of a classic style
This is a very good book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys "real" India Pale Ale. Of course, you won't actually know if you enjoy a real IPA unless you've brewed one of Clive's recipes and tasted the resulting brew because most beer sold as IPA bears very little relation to the original IPAs brewed strong and very hoppy in order to survive the long sea voyage from the...
Published on 9 Nov. 2008 by L. G. Howarth

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For CAMRA followers NOT 'modern' IPA lovers
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. I bought this book principally for the recipes, and am extremely disappointed to find it an homage to Goldings Hops. Every single recipe uses them pretty much, and not a single look in is given to any of the modern day NZ or N American aromatic hops being used in the 'craft beer' movement that is gaining popularity. The only IPA's you'll be able...
Published on 28 July 2012 by Jim


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For CAMRA followers NOT 'modern' IPA lovers, 28 July 2012
This review is from: India Pale Ale: Homebrew Class (Homebrew classics) (Paperback)
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. I bought this book principally for the recipes, and am extremely disappointed to find it an homage to Goldings Hops. Every single recipe uses them pretty much, and not a single look in is given to any of the modern day NZ or N American aromatic hops being used in the 'craft beer' movement that is gaining popularity. The only IPA's you'll be able to recreate are probably the ones that made us switch to lager in the first place.

This book looks to have some interesting history and some useful insights into how we got to where we are today, and credit where credit is due for that but in true CAMRA style it's rooted firmly in the past and has no interest in going any further. I want to make clear that those styles very much have their place and audience, and if you are amongst them then this could well be a book for you; the writing and layout is clear and detailed, appendices present and a good further reading section which is always helpful, but if you are looking for something exciting, something with breadth, open discussion on hop blending and acceptance of new trends and exploitations, then this most certainly isn't the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical IPA Resource - one for the historical re-enactment wing of CAMRA, 23 Feb. 2013
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S. WRIGHT (Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: India Pale Ale: Homebrew Class (Homebrew classics) (Paperback)
Both the previous reviews here are entirely correct in their wildly different assessments of this book.

It is a fantastic and comprehensive guide to the history of and historic recipes of IPA.

It somewhat undermines itself in other places (recipes = holdings hops as "that's what IPA was to 19th C brewers" despite info on hop imports from USA and NZ in text. So it's a bit of an oddity.

It's cut from the same cloth as Duden park books: historic recreation. Now that can be incredibly innovative and contemporary to return to the past for inspiration.

It sticks to the hackneyed camra bashing of lager for no clear reason.

Meanwhile it is important to remember the rest of the world doesn't exist for camra - no mention here of USA or Australian brewers of IPAs. In this its history is less good and far more partisan than the excellent IPA chapter in "amber, gold and black" nor the contemporary and global view of Mitch Steele's superb new IPA book.

But if you want history and historic recipes - putting 300g EKG into a 5hr boil to make 23l of 7% real 19th century IPA to age for a hear or more then THIS is unparalleled in its information almost as much as you need to be in your dedication. I'm not sure if camra have a historical re-enactment wing but if they do, this would be their role playing manual.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of the history and brewing of a classic style, 9 Nov. 2008
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L. G. Howarth "Les Howarth" (Saffron Walden, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a very good book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys "real" India Pale Ale. Of course, you won't actually know if you enjoy a real IPA unless you've brewed one of Clive's recipes and tasted the resulting brew because most beer sold as IPA bears very little relation to the original IPAs brewed strong and very hoppy in order to survive the long sea voyage from the UK to India. I have now brewed 2 of Clive's recipes and left the beer to mature for a suitably long period and it is well worth the wait. Something happens to the initial ridiculous bitterness during maturation to leave an amazing beer that I've developed quite a taste for. I intend to regularly brew an IPA so I've always got some maturing in the corner of my garage.

Because of the economics of real IPA production it is never likely to be commercially available in any significant quantity so the only way you can taste the stuff is to brew it yourself and if you are a homebrewer I strongly suggest that you give it a try. If you are not a homebrewer and like the idea of a steady supply of a pale ale with a wonderful combination of body. bitterness and other fruity or spicey flavours then you'll have to start home brewing. Either way, the purchase of this book is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2014
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Nick "Nick" (Cohoes,, NY, United States) - See all my reviews
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Great condition very pleased wit it
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