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Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Ram’s Head IPA

Category: English Style IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.9%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Ram’s Head IPA

Category: English Style IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.9%
Clear golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of smoked cheese, grilled romaine and citrus, and lit cigarette paper with a supple, lively, effervescent, light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long grilled root vegetables and grapefruit, pepper, rapini, and orange tea finish. A very bitter brew for hopheads.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky & Bold & Bitter
Aroma Aroma: smoked cheese, grilled romaine and citrus, and lit cigarette paper
Taste Flavor: grilled root vegetables and grapefruit, pepper, rapini, and orange tea
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Sausages, Fish & Chips, Mild Cheddar
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very bitter brew for hopheads.

The Producer

Top of the Hill Rest. & Brewery

The Producer
100 E. Franklin
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
USA
1 919-929-8676

English Style IPA

Beer Glass Nonic Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
English style IPAs are deep gold to amber in color and fall between 5-7% in alcohol. They are characterized by classic English hop aromas and a drying bitterness on the finish. This style originated in the 19th century when British troops and colonizers were working to develop an alternative to their standard ales in order to withstand transport to India. This style, probably not anywhere near as bitter as it was when destined for India, continues to be brewed in a toned down manner in the UK and is undergoing a mini-revival at present. This style can be brewed anywhere, as long as English malt and hops are featured. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Meantime India Pale Ale, Sam Smith’s India Pale Ale, Goose Island India Pale Ale and Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale.

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