Arm Breaker IPA

Arm Breaker from Swan Brewery pump clip

Colour: Rich, deep golden

Hops: Goldings, Admiral

Grains: Pale, wheat, crystal.

Availability: End April 2021

Head Brewer Jimmy Swan's quest with Arm Breaker was to achieve a quintessential English India Pale Ale with British ingredients.  With its history of quenching the thirst of the British Indian Army, India Pale Ale, British brewed and shipped over the seas in the nineteenth century is the progenitor of what, in the 21st century has evolved in to an IPA, usually with a relatively high American hop load.

We will only be brewing Arm Breaker for draught once in 2021.  It is available in limited quantity for home delivery or collection w/c 26th of April.  Please pre order your Arm Breaker through this link.

India Pale Ale Recipe

This recipe is about being true to the original style of IPA.  A relatively high ABV would be needed to survive several weeks' travel to India.  High hopping would help with the preservation of the beer due to its bacteriostatic function.  The hops chosen by Jimmy are Admiral and Goldings.  The Admiral bittering hop is beautifully complemented by Goldings, used plentifully in the late boil.

Due consideration has been given to the balance of malts to achieve a colour true to a quintessential IPA.  Beers were generally darker in colour back in Empire days than nowadays, with the relative term of a pale(r) ale having a different reference point on the colour scale.

We've named this IPA Arm Breaker as a nod to the widespread belief that swans "can break a man's arm, you know!"  It's also a teasing reference to the 6% ABV.  Enjoy Arm Breaker IPA with a dhal and brown rice, a chapatti and lime pickle.