Generally speaking, I am not a fan of Belgium IPAs. OR maybe I should say in the past I have not been a fan.
I have told myself and others ... even written on this blog that for the most part, if I want a hoppy IPA, I am not really in the mood
for the Belgium funk. If I feel like the Belgium funk, I'm not really
looking for the citrusy hops of an American IPA.
But I am pretty sure that I have really enjoyed the past few Belgo-IPA's I've had.
The last one I had was at the Breckenridge Brew Pub in Breckenridge (as opposed to the ones in Denver). I had an Elevation Belgium Double IPA, and the comment I made on untappd was "This honestly has to be the best Belgium IPA I have ever had."
It is not that often that I drink them, but I seem to recall that I have had similar reactions to the past few I have tried. I still think this is not a beer that I will drink more than one in a sitting, but for special occasions, I don't seem to mind the Belgian IPAs anymore.
Of course, a Belgian IPA is an American creation and actually personifies the spirit of the craft beer movement. Some innovative idiot said to himherself. "I like IPAs. I like Belgium funk. I wonder what would happen if I mixed the two.
And ... for some people, it works. Apparently some people (yours truly) can be won over.
Are you having a happy #IPADay? What have you had and/or what are you drinking to celebrate? Leave a comment (PLEASE).
This was an #IPADay blog post. See all of them on Sheppy's Blog: http://blog.ericshepard.com/search/label/%23IPADay