Today beer snobs can be celebratory since their ballyhooed libation is all center stage and such. Unlike, of course, the rest of the year when it’s only the most popular craft beer style in the world. Well, maybe just the US. Anyway, yay.
The IPA is for beer snobs. We either cherish it as a gift from the children of Dionysius or revile it as the product of spoiled hipsters and palate starved brewing pioneers. There seems to be little in between areas. No one says, oh an IPA, how quaint; or, how meh, I’ll just have a stout please.
No, IPA fans will slather at the bar and demand vicious levels of IBUs. IPA haters will gather at the end of the bar and roll their collective eyes and mutter invective about mainstream craft beer Hops Hunters. Because IPA is mainstream beer.
And I may be a believer.
I have not forsworn my Belgians and my stouts. But I do grok the place of IPA.
Enough of that! Drink what you desire and if it be IPA then go forth. There are some wonderful options in Kingman. At Black Bridge I recommend Rival and Cliff Dweller. Rival is just, well, fantastic. Beautiful color, just the right level of hops, subtle alcohol presence. At Rickety Cricket, Enigma of Your Imagination. It’s well done, with a very dry finish and some interesting plum and mint flavors that surprised me.