India Pale Ale was developed in the eighteenth century to last the six month sea voyage from England to India. It was brewed stronger and hoppier than traditional ales of the time. Wild yeast and other micro-fauna resident in the oak casks used to transport the ale would further ferment the beer during the long voyage, giving it a spritzy and tart finish that made it a perfect thirst quencher for the hot climate.

Pete Brown's book Hops and Glory gives a great account of the history of this iconic beer.

Our recipe aims to deliver a 5% beer with a big hit of English hops.

Fermentable % of grist Weight
Pale Malt 86% 4300g
Crystal Malt (Pale) 7% 350g
Wheat Malt 7% 350g
Hop Alpha Weight Time IBU
Topaz 17.3% 10g 90 mins 19 IBU
Fuggle 3.9% 25g 15 mins 5 IBU
Goldings 6.8% 25g 15 mins 8 IBU
Fuggle 3.9% 40g 0 mins 0 IBU
Goldings 6.8% 40g 0 mins 0 IBU

Mash Time: 60 minutes
Mash Temp: 67C
Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity (est): 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Bitterness: 32 IBU
Colour: 15 EBC

Fermented with 1 packet of dried Nottingham yeast