A Beer to Imbibe: The new IPA glass
A glass made especially to drink India pale ales helps enhance the aromas. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »
A BEER TO IMBIBE
Should you be skeptical of the new glass designed specifically for India pale ales, you may want to know Ken Grossman was too.
The founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., who sat on a panel that chose the glass, admitted it looks, well, unusual. “We sort of chuckled,” Grossman said. “But we kept coming back to the fact that it really enhances the aroma.”
And there you have the point of Spiegelau’s IPA glass, which will be in stores May 1. Created in conjunction with Grossman and Dogfish Head Brewery, the unlikely shape highlights not just an IPA’s flavor, but its florid, piney, citrus-heavy aroma. The shape of the glass pours an ideal flow for such flavorful beer: short of a gulp, beyond a sip. Its oval-shaped bowl allows an IPA’s pungency to coalesce in the nose, while the ridges along its stem agitate the beer, releasing added aroma and flavor.
I compared it to a few of my favorite glasses. Though the ridges truly re-energized the beer, and kept each sip fresh, the difference between the IPA glass and other quality glassware seemed slight.
Branded versions of Spiegelau’s IPA glass are available for $9 through Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head websites. Unbranded versions, $25 two-packs, are at Spiegelau‘s website, Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.
— Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune