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English Style India Pale Ale

About a year and a half ago, the news broke that Anheuser Busch was buying Goose Island in Chicago, Ill. Craft beer lovers everywhere questioned whether the quality of the brewery's product -- including what might be one of the most popular IPAs in the country -- would decrease. The fact that Goose Island took home the gold for their India Pale Ale should put that debate to rest.

The India Pale Ale, commonly known as an IPA, has been around since a time when England shipped beer to India. An extra dose of hops were required to preserve the flavor. Today, most American styles take the hops to an extreme while Goose Island remains true to the more drinkable English style.

This is a good companion for spicy foods -- curry is a good choice.

Goose Island IPA image courtesy of cogocogo via Flickr/cc

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