Dammenipa

English IPA Birradamare SRL

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Dammenipa, an English-style IPA by Birradamare SRL

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Dammenipa is an English-style IPA brewed by Birradamare SRL, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a chalice from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a somewhat cloudy orange gold and is capped by nearly an inch-thick head of dense white foam that shows good retention. Streaks of residue, a soapy collar, and a thin film top the liquid.

Aroma

Its aroma is very dank with a heady scent of floral and herbal hops.

Flavor

Tasting begins with a mix of bready malt and mild floral hops. But then the palate turns abruptly bitter with strong herbal hops and citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. Its herbal hops impart an earthy, coffee-like flavor. A base of bready malt and a hint of tropical fruit tie the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel has a smooth draw that becomes grainy on the backend. Its medium body has medium-high carbonation and finishes somewhat dry and astringent.

Overall

Its appearance and feel are fine but where the Dammenipa really succeeds is in its aroma and palate. The Dammenipa packs so much flavor into such a small brew and its earthy nature suits an English IPA quite well. Should you find yourself in Italy, give this hoppy brew a try.

Recommended Pairings

Birradamare recommends the following food pairings with its Dammenipa: dishes that are fatty with a vegetal scent or well spiced with seasoned cheeses.

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About the English IPA

The English IPA dates back to the 18th century as a hoppy beer that was exported to India. Hops act as a natural preservative and kept the beer fresh for its long voyage. The style began to dominate the market and by the 1830s was given the name “India Pale Ale”. But by the 20th century, the style had almost disappeared entirely until the modern craft beer era reinvigorated interest. Its color ranges from gold to amber but most examples of the English IPA are pale. Its feel is smooth with a medium-light to medium body and moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Its alcohol strength is moderate. Its aroma and palate are typically hoppy and can be floral, peppery, or citrus-orange. Malt can consist of biscuit and toast or sweet with toffee and caramel. Some fruitiness may be present. Comparatively, the English IPA has a greater hops presence than the English Pale and Bitters but its balance leans malty when compared to the American IPA.