Ilkley creates grapefruit IPA using new hop

Forbidden Fruit_FINALA grapefruit IPA using a new English variety of hop is the latest experimental brews from West Yorkshire’s Ilkley Brewery.

India pale ale Forbidden Fruit, at 5% ABV, features a new English variety of hop known only as #1391, grown this year by Charles Faram hop merchants in Worcester.

The hop brings citrus notes enhanced by the addition of extra pink grapefruit which makes for a golden coloured and aromatic refreshing pale ale.

Due to be launched in the on-trade this month in London and Yorkshire, Forbidden Fruit was developed by head brewer Chris Ives in collaboration with beer writer Melissa Cole.

Chris, who is also Ikley Brewery’s managing director, said: “For many years now, British brewers have looked to countries like America and Australia for their hops which are famed for being aromatic and the vital ingredient for distinctive beers with great flavour characteristics.

“However, importing these hops has often been to the detriment of British hop growers so we were delighted when Charles Faram asked Ilkley Brewery to trial brew with hop #1391 and explore the potential of this promisingly aromatic new variety. Results so far have been great which hopefully means this exciting hop will be grown more extensively next year.”

Melissa said: “It’s amazing that the UK hop industry has come full circle and I for one hope this makes it into full production as the rosy grapefruit aroma is utterly unique and I hope that the underpinning of it with the grapefruit really brings out the truly delicious nature of this hop.”

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