Trends in India Pale Ale (IPA) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #96

by Brad Smith on January 20, 2015 · 2 comments

PodNew200Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs. India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:45)

  • Today my guest is Mitch Steele who is the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co, and also author of the book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale (Amazon affiliate link). He joins me this week to discuss trends in India Pale Ales – one of the fastest growing segments of the Craft Beer market.
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  • We start with a short discussion of what is new at Stone Brewing Company
  • Mitch explains that IPAs have exploded the last few years and now make up nearly 40% of Stone’s sales, and almost half of their year-round releases.
  • We talk for a few minutes about their mainline Arrogant Bastard Ale and its recent spin-offs
  • Mitch tells us about some of the trends were seeing with IPAs including a number of new styles and techniques
  • We discuss the history of IPAs and how they have evolved over the years – history was a large focus in Mitch’s book on IPAs.
  • Mitch shares just how simple an IPA can be and why simpler might be a better approach when brewing IPAs
  • We talk about bitterness, including the limits of how many IBUs and hops you can put into a beer as well as the limits of what an average drinker can perceive in terms of bitterness
  • Mitch tells us about his philosophy on bittering hop additions – again simplicity seems to rule
  • He shares his thoughts on the use of whirlpool hops which add considerable flavor and unique hop oils that are different from the ones used in the boiol
  • Mitch shares his thoughts on dry hopping and how and when dry hops are added at Stone
  • We discuss the new “Black IPAs” and dark IPAs and how to achieve the proper balance between roasted malts and hoppiness
  • Mitch shares a few of his favorite hops including many of the new hop varieties
  • We talk about brewing water as well as fermentation and yeast for an IPA
  • Mitch shares some thoughts on his book – which is still the definitive work on IPAs for brewers
  • He shares his closing thoughts.

Thanks to Mitch Steele for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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