Original IPA circa 1850 (for Anthony Bourdain)

Original IPA circa 1850 (for Anthony Bourdain) 8% ABV.
What better way to honor Anthony Bourdain than to dedicate a beer that was born to travel. Originally, IPA was brewed to send to English troops stationed in India (that’s the “India” in India Pale Ale).
Pretty much the opposite of modern IPAs that have a shelf life of a few weeks, the original version was aged a year or more before drinking. Brutally bitter when young (160 IBUs) the long aging softened the bitterness and also gave some funk from the Brettanomyces in the barrels.
Our version was brewed with 100% Maris Otter malt and 100% East Kent Goldings hops. Aged in neutral oak barrels with Brett for 8 months. Could easily be cellared for another year or two but is fabulous right now.
Beautiful funk in the aroma battles it out with marmalade notes from the dry hops. Drinkable af with a crisp bitterness that isn’t harsh at all.