No, it is not a misprint, this really is an Indian Pale Lager and not an Indian Pale Ale.
But what exactly is an Indian Pale Lager (IPL)? Nothing in my comprehensive library of beer books seems to refer to this as a recognised beer style. However, beer styles are constantly evolving and if we can have oxymoronic Black IPAs then why not an Indian Pale Lager?
Fordham IPL pours a copper colour with a big head which dissipates after a while. There is a strong citrus aroma and the beer has a distinct grapefruit flavour with a touch of smokiness. At 7.5% it is hardly a quaffing lager, more of a beer to sip slowly and appreciate its big taste. It reminds me of a strong Irish Red Ale. It’s brewed with Munich, Crystal, Caraamber, Carafoam and Torrified Malts and flavoured with Columbus, Citra, Sorachi, Crystal and Mt. Hood Hops. It is also dry hopped with oak chips. This could go with fish and chips with the citrus flavour cutting through the greasiness of the chips and batter.
Lagers are cold fermented beers which are matured for longer than most beers. Most lagers are a bit on the bland side and unless you are a Special Brew fan tend to come in strengths from 3% -5% abv. America does not really have a session drinking culture with beer fans preferring to drink smaller quantities of stronger more flavoursome beer that we are used to in the UK.
Fordhams are based in Dover, Delaware and their beers are imported into the UK by Heathwick. Fordham Brewing started in Annapolis in 1995 before relocating to Dover, Delaware in 2003. In 2007 they merged with Old Dominion brewery, so that they could brew in greater quantities while retaining the quality of true craft brewing. They produce a wide range of beers including: Double IPA, Expresso Stout, Belgian style trippel, Stout, Porter, Sour beer, and many others.
Legendary Manchester miserablist Morrissey eschewed the rock and roll lifestyle so I am not sure if he would appreciate a glass of Crash Zone IPL. If you have had a bad day at work why to treat yourself to a comforting portion of cod and chips accompanied by a can of Fordham IPL whilst you listen to Morrissey sing, “The World is Full of Crashing Bores”. The song I have chosen is one which rings true especially if you work in an office full of self-important people. The track was featured on the album, You are the Quarry which got to No 2 in the UK album charts in 2004.
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