For purely selfish reasons. I need to assemble a talk on the history of IPA and was a bit sketchy about the history in some periods. I won't claim to be 100% certain about the early years. With no brewing records from before the 1830s and no chemical analyses to work with, it's mostly inference and guesswork. Not how I usually work. Which is why I mostly limit myself to 1800 onwards.
A slight digression there. Away from the topic of this post: Canadian IPA in the late 19th century. I'd forgotten that I had these. It was only when I started going through my analyses of IPAs that I spotted them. That's the problem with having so much information. You can't remember all of it.
What strikes me is the similarity to domestic UK IPA. (Only because I was looking at those yesterday could I remember.). The Canadian versions average out a little stronger, by 3º in gravity and 0.34% ABV. While the rate of attenuation was a little lower, but still very high.
Still, a striking similarity between the two sets, despite being brewed 50 years apart.
Not done with IPA, yet. Oh no, not by a long way.
|1897||Dawes & Co.||Lachine, P.Q.||IPA||1057.3||1002.1||7.27||96.34%|
|1897||Eaton Bros.||Owen Sound||IPA||1055.4||1006||6.47||89.17%|
|1897||Geo Sleeman||Guelph, Ont.||IPA||1051.8||1006.8||5.88||86.87%|
|1897||J. McCarthy, Son||Prescott, Ontario||IPA||1061.3||1009.5||6.78||84.50%|
|1897||S. Jones||St. John, N.B.||IPA||1056.4||1007.8||6.36||86.17%|
|1897||W. Dow & Co.||Montreal||IPA||1066.4||1008||7.67||87.95%|
|"Report, returns and statistics of the inland revenues of the Dominion of Canada", By Canada. Dept. of Inland Revenue, 1898, pages 34-49|