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During my weekly appearance on “Downtown with Rich Kimball” last Thursday, I was reminded by the namesake host himself that not everybody eats, sleeps and breathes beer every day of their lives like I do. Specifically, when I casually mentioned that choosing an East Coast IPA over a West Coast IPA has more to do with flavor preference than hometown pride.

That led me to think it might be a good use of newsprint this week to go over the major differences between East and West Coast IPAs and how the IPA style has changed over time.

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So a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a new style of beer that is popping at craft breweries all over the country, the ‘Milkshake IPA.’ An offshoot of New England IPA, Milkshake IPAs usually feature an addition of Lactose, or milk sugar, which is unfermentable and provides body and sweetness to the final beer. In addition to the lactose, many brewers add some vanilla beans and pureed fruit to up the flavor quotient and bring a sweet, fruity flavor forward.

In writing about this beer style, I did something that I should never ever do: I assumed that I would enjoy this style of beer before I ever got a chance to try one.

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It seems that every time I look, there is a new fad taking hold in the craft beer scene. Lately, these fads have been centered around the ever-present and ever-popular IPA-style of beer. This latest beer craze is no different.

Enter the Milkshake IPA.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 16:01

Three Pint Stance – Is IPA over?

Lately, I’ve been hearing the same basic question at our tasting room and at brew fests over and over and it goes something like this: “So, do you think this hop craze is over?” Some call it by different names, some sound exasperated, others more worried, but the question remains. Is the IPA still the dominant style in the craft beer market and will it remain so?

Obviously, the answers are mostly conjecture and will vary depending on who you talk to about it, but since this is my column, here is my cold, dry-hopped take.

Take the question in its simplest form: is IPA over? No, definitely not.

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