18 April 2008
Today's Chip the Beer Guy on Rock 107 featured Boulder Mojo IPA. This Amarillo-hopped IPA comes to us from Boulder Brewing in (you guessed it) Boulder, CO. For those unfamiliar with Amarillo hops, you'll find the hop is characterized by a grapefruit-y flavor much like the more common Centennial hops (currently growing in my back yard) or the stronger Simcoe hops. Chip did a little beer-history to explain where the IPA style came from. Personally I like to think of IPAs as history's first attempt to avoid skunked beer. Let me paint the picture...giant wooden boats, out on the open ocean for months, direct sun, no shade, no refrigeration, no Capt Steubing, no Gopher, no Isssac (sorry I got sidetracked), thirsty sailors, wooden casks, hot...hot...hot. Not a great place for beer.....UNLESS the beer has so much hop oil it can't possibly skunk. Ta-Da!...the IPA. As you know, I always like to pull out a favorite quote from the show...for today it would have been easy to use Chip's reference to "herbaceous ale", or perhaps "England conquering India" but I'll let both of those go and head right for the best quote of the show. "Beer without hops is like potatoes without salt." Thanks guys....always entertaining.
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