This year’s World Beer Awards has added another top award to Yorkshire-based Saltaire Brewery’s international trophy haul with SaltaireXS Imperial IPA (9.5% ABV) voted Europe’s Best Imperial IPA after coming top in the UK heats in August.
SaltaireXS Imperial IPA (9.5% ABV) is a classic new world IPA. Its solid smooth malt base is layered with intense bitterness delivered by Simcoe and Galaxy hops. The dominant citrus and fruit hop flavours are developed through multiple hop charges during the brewing process and dry hopping during fermentation and conditioning.
Managing Director, Ewen Gordon said, “We challenged our brewers to concentrate the flavours, experiment with new techniques and produce beers at the leading edge of world beers – and the Saltaire XS range was born! So far we’ve produced the Imperial IPA and Imperial Stout (8.9% ABV) but we have ideas for more classic beers.
The recognition by the World Beer Awards is a fantastic endorsement of our brewing team and their creativity – especially when you see the quality of the other entries – but we won’t let it go to our heads! Our focus remains on quality, consistency and innovation to satisfy increasingly discerning drinkers in this highly competitive industry.”
The SaltaireXS range was launched in February 2015. It is available from independent beer shops, Saltaire Brewery Tap and Shop, and online from yorkshireales.co.uk.
Notes to Editors:
Reviews of SaltaireXS Imperial IPA:
Original Gravity – issue 4
All About Beer – July 2015
Saltaire Brewery is in Shipley, West Yorkshire and has brewed hand crafted ales since 2006. With more than 70 trade awards, including two national championship brews and three international gold medals, our beers are recognised across Yorkshire and beyond.
The World Beer Awards
The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world.
Judging is blind with regional style heats held in Asia, Europe and the Americas. All regions have their own Chairman and group of judges who select the style winners in their region. Style winners from all regions are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Style. From these world winners we can then select the World’s Best categories, from which the World’s Best Beer is selected.
World Beer Awards judges include hugely respected industry writers, leaders and critics. This year’s judges were Adrian Tierney-Jones, Mark Dorber, Will Hawkes, Jessica Mason, Jeff Evans, Tim Hampson, Glenn Payne, Chris Hall, Mitchel Adams and Claire Dodd.