From their 1700's London origins to their 1800's Burton heyday through their 2000's Californian rebirth, IPA has remained one of the world’s most evocative, exciting and encapsulating beer styles. IPA is our go-to style here at BrewDog; from Punk to Hardcore, Jack Hammer to Atlantic IPA, we have majored in bringing you as many hop-forward beers to you as is humanly possible..

We wanted to brew a completely new and conceptual IPA that paid tribute to the style’s origins whilst incorporating the devastatingly modern techniques and technologies. A 21st Century drink with an 18th Century ethos; a very new yet very old IPA.

We found our inspiration from a doctor. The ‘father of Pharmacology’ Dr Jonathan Pereira to be precise. In 1843 he published a book which shook the establishment. Titled ‘A Treatise on Food and Diet’, it referred to the IPA's of the early to mid 1800's in the following terms:

“The Indian Pale Ale is carefully fermented, so as to be devoid of all sweetness, or, in other words, to be dry; and it contains double the usual quantity of hops.

It forms, therefore, a most valuable restorative beverage for invalids and convalescents.

It is taken with benefit by many persons on whom other kinds of ale act injuriously.”

Upon further research (which started with Mitch Steele’s excellent book entitled IPA) we discovered that the most prized IPA's of the early 1800's were the palest and driest ones. We then set about to create the palest and driest IPA we could, paying tribute to the best old world IPA's before hopping the hell out of it with the most modern hops and the latest hopping techniques giving the beer a revivalist, postmodern spin.

The result is something which is almost 9%, is as light as a mass-market pilsner in colour, fermented to be as dry as a Lambic, but is as bitter as any double IPA and loaded with as much hop aroma as we can get into a beer. The fermentables in this beer were Marris Otter Extra Pale along with plenty of sugar as we mashed at a very low temperature to ensure maximum fermentability and attenuation and this beer is fermented within an inch of it’s life making it dry, sheer and bright. Citra, Amarillo & Centennial were all used in abundance in the kettle and also fired extremely liberally at this beer with our high tech hop cannon.

Screw any semblance of balance. This beer is like injecting hops straight into your tongue with a needle. Inspired by that other great era for India Pale Ales, the mid-nineteenth Century, Restorative Beverage is going to be impossible to remonstrate with, or counter. Its entire foundation exists on the basis of scientific fact.

The good Doctor had spoken. Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents is medical opinion writ large. History brought to life. It is the biggest, baddest, most uplifting IPA we have ever made; a direct link connecting the formative age of India Pale Ale to the hop-led profusions of the modern day.

From the words of one long-departed advocate of IPA to another – you. And it is available right now in our online shop, and will be hitting the taps of our UK and Swedish bars at 6pm this Friday. On Doctor’s orders…

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J Dog 16.03.2015 @ 2:33pm
This beer is off the hook. Best IPA of 2015 so far!
craigjbass 15.03.2015 @ 4:28pm
Make this a headliner and you win
Ian R 14.03.2015 @ 1:05pm
Best thing youve done.
chris gleave 11.03.2015 @ 7:29pm
Astonishing-the third best beer ever out of over 6,000 beaten only by I Hardcore You and Betelgeuze, so in hallowed company!
Ben F 11.03.2015 @ 12:35am
This needs to be made a regular brew immediately, it is sublime!
Special_K 10.03.2015 @ 1:31pm
If this isn't the best beer name ever, I'm a "Monkeys Uncle"
Special_K 10.03.2015 @ 1:30pm
If this isn't the best beer name ever, I'm a "Monkeys Uncle"
richard.taylor@brewdog.com 10.03.2015 @ 1:20pm
Absolutely Alex, it tastes better than it looks!
rmccaslin 10.03.2015 @ 1:17pm
When will it be available in the U.S.?
Alex Mcdonald 10.03.2015 @ 9:12am
cant wait to try this, looks awesome
Davy 09.03.2015 @ 8:35am
Sort the spelling on your headline!
PeteH 04.03.2015 @ 12:21pm
Want it. Now !Thats Fridays evening sorted - Brewdog Nottingham !
Sable 04.03.2015 @ 12:15pm
Time for some more free advertising from the Portman group then?
Richard T 04.03.2015 @ 11:50am
Monty - Restorative Beverage isnt just *in* the land of theoretical IBUs, its passport was issued there... ;)
Monty 04.03.2015 @ 11:06am
If its up there with Hardcore IPA in the land of theoretical IBUs, itll be most welcome!
Richard T 04.03.2015 @ 11:05am
Monty - Well into three figures! Think Jack Hammer on steroids ;)
Monty 04.03.2015 @ 11:02am
Whats the IBU score for this beer?
Richard T 04.03.2015 @ 10:27am
NickF - If a noted man of science wrote the words, who are we to argue? ;)
NickF 04.03.2015 @ 10:19am
With a name like Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents, that is sure to upset the Portman Group .
PDee 04.03.2015 @ 10:17am
Portman gonna get it ;)
Fi11 04.03.2015 @ 10:16am
Absolutely brilliant
Ricky 04.03.2015 @ 10:02am
...This could be the one though
Ricky 04.03.2015 @ 9:59am
Never had a beer act injuriously on me up to now...
alonso 04.03.2015 @ 9:55am
That could be the best beer name Ive seen for a long time :D
Captain ABVman 04.03.2015 @ 9:54am
Will this be available on prescription?