New England IPAs
New England IPAs ramp up the fruit flavors and aromas and pack them in a smooth, soft body. The bitterness is less than typical IPAs but the beer is packed with hops. The beers typically get their flavors from late hopping and dry hopping. The color ranges from straw to yellow and they are hazy to opaque but they should not be murky. Alcohol by volume ranges from 6.0 to 9.0% alcohol by volume and International Bittering Units are from 25 to 60.
Cuisine: Mexican, Asian and Thai food
Entrée: pork, fried clams, grilled meats.
Cheese: sharp cheddars, blue cheeses, goat cheeses
Dessert: Caramel based desserts
Spiegelau, noted for its premium wine glasses, collaborated with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada to design the perfect IPA glass to showcase the aromas of American hoppy IPAs and to maintain the rich foam cap. I don't know if this is the best IPA glass in the world but it is a very nice one. Its elegant and it fits in the hand very nicely. Give it a gentle tap with a fingernail and it rings like a bell. Its lightweght and fragile - outdoors in a 10 mile per hour wind, do not expect an empty glass to stay on the table.
The Spiegelau glass is elegant but when I am outside, it is so light I worry about it getting blown off the table. Luigi Bormioli Birrateque Craft Beer Glasses have some heft, feel good in your hand, have a circle of nucleation points etched on the bottom that help maintain a stream of bubbles to replenish the head and the shape of the glass allows the beer to flow slowly into your mouth while maintaining the head.
The Ultimate Pint Glass has a hop leaf pattern etched on the bottom with over 100 nucleation points to send streams of bubbles up to replenish the head. The narrowing at the top helps trap the aromas while the flared lip delivers the aromas to your nose. The glass also has a good feel and is stackable.