Hops. What would beer be without them? They are a crucial element in the production of most styles of beer, imparting aromas, flavors and bitterness to various styles through the use of different quantities and varieties of hops. Depending on the type(s) of hops used, they can impart aromas and flavors reminiscent of orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pine needles, grass, honeysuckle (or other flowers), earthy or spicy tones, and many other qualities. The bitterness they impart is also important because, without it, most of the beers you enjoy would taste far too sweet.
In well made beers, depending on the style of course, the bitterness of the hops is usually complimented by the sweetness imparted by the malt, resulting in a well balanced play between the two. Of course, many IPAs (and even some ho-forward Belgian and pale ales) purposely throw this balance out of whack, providing an aromatic and flavorful hop punch, often with a more generous amount of bitterness and hop aromas and flavors than you’ll find in other styles. With April right around the corner, Beveridge Place Pub is all set, once again, to celebrate all things hoppy with IPAPril: a month-long celebration of hoppy beers.