Guinness is known for their traditional stout. That is one of the best and well known beers out there. Yet the people at Guinness are not going to stop with just making one thing. They have been branching out and making a few other beer varieties. One that is coming to the market is the Guinness Nitro IPA.
By bringing Guinness-style nitrogenation to an IPA, the Irish brewer has created a hop-forward India Pale Ale with the qualities of a classic Guinness pint — namely balanced flavor and aroma, creamy mouthfeel and a perfectly formed and long-lasting head of dense bubbles.
Made in Dublin, Ireland at St. James’s Gate, Guinness Nitro IPA is brewed with Irish barley malt, a touch of roasted barley and five hop varieties — Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger and Cascade. The Challenger, Cascade and Topaz hops are dry-hopped to accentuate a sharp citrus aroma. The beer’s blend of CO2 and Nitrogen helps to balance out the profusion of hop flavors, while also creating the signature surge and settle made famous by Guinness Draught. The IPA is brewed with the same unique Guinness yeast strain used to ferment all stouts at St. James’s Gate.
“IPAs are complex and hoppy, but for some beer drinkers the bitterness can be too much,” explained Luis Ortega, the brewer who created this beer’s recipe. “We aimed to make a balanced, smooth beer. Guinness perfected nitrogenated beer more than 60 years ago, so we believed we could really add something new to the style. There’s plenty of hoppy flavor, with citrus aroma to the fore, but the nitrogen rounds it all out. The mouthfeel is fantastic, and the use of Guinness yeast gives it an echo of the character of our famous stouts.”
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