Fiftieth IPA that’s a brown ale for author Pete!

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A WOMBWELL-based brewery has created its 50th Indian Pale Ale...and it has gained the seal of approval from a leading beer writer.

Acorn Brewery’s latest IPA features the Oregon grown Sorachi Ace hop – a rare variety included in a showcase of American hops throughout 2011.

Barnsley-born, award-winning beer writer Pete Brown, an expert on IPAs, recently visited their brewery to sample – and brew – the new ale.

He said: “Sorachi Ace is a new hop – Japanese in origin – that was introduced to Britain last year. It was completely different from any other flavour I’d experienced before – very soft, like lemon cheesecake on the nose.”

His latest book, Hops & Glory, recounts his fascinating sea journey to India with a barrel of IPA in a bid to replicate the voyage made by the Royal Navy during the days of the British Empire.

Acorn are now selling to major pub-chains, such as Wetherspoons, and a further 50-barrel fermenting capacity has recently been added to the 20-barrel-plant built in 2007.

Managing director Dave Hughes said: “Over the past few years the IPA brews have raised our profile as an innovative brewer and boosted our growing sales success.

“With Pete’s love of the IPA style, we felt it was particularly fitting that he helped us brew our milestone 50th ale.

“We believe no other brewer has ever achieved this.”