Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to make ANY IPA taste like a fruity IPA!

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I don't know how or why, but for some reason, American craft beer drinkers decided that drinking IPAs with hops that already have a citrusy aroma and taste to them just wasn't good enough. They needed their hop bombs to also be fruit bombs, and thus the fruit-infused IPA was born (Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin probably birthed this
fadtrend). Today, every brewery from your local brewpub to Samuel Adams is making an IPA with grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange, mango, pineapple, or some other citrus or tropical fruit added. And they're charging a premium for it since beer geeks absolutely have to hop on a bandwagon no matter how silly it is ("hard" root beers are sooooo 2015).

Maybe you're disappointed that your favorite brewery hasn't released a overly faux fruity version of your favorite IPA. Not to worry, I'll show you how to make any (literally any) IPA taste like a fruit-infused IPA in just a few easy steps!

Step 1: Select your favorite IPA you wish had a fruity flavor.
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Step 2: Go to the water/sports drink/soda aisle of your local supermarket and pick out a flavor of "water enhancer."
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Even the store brand will work:
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Step 3: Pour the beer into a glass.
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Step 4: Squirt the water enhancer into the beer.
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Step 5: Enjoy!
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Wasn't that easy? Now you can make your own
alcoholic Kool-Aidfruit-infused IPA without having to wait for the brewery to do it for you! (seriously, this is pretty much all they do)

Next week I'll show you how to make any stout or porter taste like mocha!
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Recommended reading:
Why is craft beer emulating alcopops?