Perfect for sippin' on a hot summer day.
Next up is the spring offering from everyone's favourite Ottawa area brewery, Beau's. They serve up an IPA, which they have dubbed the Beaver River I.P.Eh. Traditionally, an IPA has more hops than a typical ale. Way back in the day, additional hops were added as a preservative to the beer of British soldiers, to ensure the beer arrived ready for drinkin' after the long voyage to India. The alcohol content was also jacked up (alcohol acts as a preservative), and to do so, extra malt had to be added, thereby giving the beer more flavour. So how does the I.P.Eh stand up. Let me say that I've tried some very hoppy beers, which also tend to have a very long, bitter aftertaste. The Beau's is a strong hoppy beer, but does not have a lingering after taste, which makes it that much more enjoyable. The strong flavour needs to be balanced with food of equal strength. The Beau's site suggests spicy Mexican or Indian food, wild game or strong cheeses.
An excellent IPA, true to the original (unlike Keith's....)