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English Style India Pale Ale

About a year and a half ago, the news broke that Anheuser Busch was buying Goose Island in Chicago, Ill. Craft beer lovers everywhere questioned whether the quality of the brewery's product -- including what might be one of the most popular IPAs in the country -- would decrease. The fact that Goose Island took home the gold for their India Pale Ale should put that debate to rest.

The India Pale Ale, commonly known as an IPA, has been around since a time when England shipped beer to India. An extra dose of hops were required to preserve the flavor. Today, most American styles take the hops to an extreme while Goose Island remains true to the more drinkable English style.

This is a good companion for spicy foods -- curry is a good choice.

Goose Island IPA image courtesy of cogocogo via Flickr/cc

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  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Thank you for this article Clare! I enjoy a fine pint, but never know what to order so this should def help! I am so creating a Snooth's Top List of this brews :-)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    I clicked on the pics for the Church Brew, impressive, must visit!

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  • Snooth User: bmw1175
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    I can attest that Troegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, PA has exceptional tasting beer. I tried there "Mad Elf", potent but exceptional.

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    The Church Brew Co. looks amazing. Its like a figment of someones imagination. I have got to visit.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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