With input from two of the leading IPA brewers in the United States—Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada—Spiegelau has created the new standard for IPA beer glassware. The Spiegelau IPA glass is designed to showcase varying aromatic profiles for the American ‘hop forward’ IPA beer, preserve a frothy head and volatiles, and maintain a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to “nose” the beer.
I drink almost nothing but IPAs these days (though last week in DC we went a little nuts with bottles of Deus (I loved it!)), and so these glasses are an auto-buy for me. Whether they have any effect whatever on the drinking experience remains to be seen, but I figure I have specific glasses for various other types of beer, so why shouldn’t my favorite kind of beer get the same treatment?