In the intro to his new book, “IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of India Pale Ale” (Brewers Publications, $24.95), Mitch Steele writes, “India pale ale (IPA) has been my favorite beer style since I first tried one back in the 1980s.”
Steele is the brewmaster at San Diego’s Stone Brewing, a company known for delighting serious hop heads with big, bold, bitter ales like Stone Ruination IPA.
In “IPA” he explores the history of India pale ale from its birth in 1700s England, and it’s near extinction during World War II and Prohibition, to its American renaissance as one of craft beer’s most popular styles.
During a recent phone call, Steele talked about some of the things he learned during three years of IPA research.
Q. Why is IPA your favorite style?
A. For me it’s all about the hop flavor. IPA is all about hops. Hops are what’s driving American craft brewing. The hop varieties from the United States have a very distinctive flavor compared