G – Grist, Gose
H – Hops, Homebrew
These variables have led to the cultivation of many different hop varieties, producing many different flavours. Some of the most popular hop growing regions include the Pacific North West of America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Czech Republic and parts of England.
The role of the hop is to impart bitterness and aroma.
BONUS FACT: The Latin name for hops is Humulus Lupulus. This is why you see lots of beer names using some variation of that Latin in the name (e.g. Beavertown Lupuloid or Odell St. Lupulin).
I – India Pale Ale
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Whilst the style was popular in India, it actually wasn’t ever a particularly well known style at home in Britain and indeed it all but died out when war time barley rationing meant production of strong beers went out of favour. This state of affairs remained until the early 1980s when the pioneering early craft brewers of America rekindled the style as it was intended – strong, hoppy and bitter – a situation improved all the more due to their use of hops from the Pacific north-west, which give lovely citrusy, piney qualities to the beer. It was the mid 1990s before the IPA in it’s true form started to make it’s way back onto the bar in Britain, a triumphant return for an almost extinct beer style. Modern IPAs such as Thornbridge Jaipur, BrewDog Punk IPA and Magic Rock Cannonball have put the style firmly into the public consciousness, with IPA now being one of the most commonly asked for styles.
To reiterate the key points on IPA, they are generally light golden to dark amber in colour, with high bitterness and an alcohol content of between 5.2% – 7.5% ABV.