Pair an American IPA with a spicy corn salsa. American IPA’s have a more pronounced bitterness, citrus hop aroma and higher alcohol than their English IPA cousins. That means this is a great beer for hop heads and spice (as in hot) heads. The hops and the carbonation can intensify the hot spices initially by picking them up off the tongue and dispersing them throughout the mouth. At the same time the elevated malt sweetness and alcohol help to tamp the initial spike in spiciness before it becomes too intense.
Specific description and suggestion:
This was an easy week for pairings with all the fixings for a delicious spicy corn salsa in our box! My suggestion is to prepare a corn salsa as spicy as you can handle and pair it with Firestone Walker’s Union Jack. The elevated hop levels and carbonation will spread the hotness of the salsa toward the mid and back part of the palate in an even spice coating. Then the sweet malty backbone of this beer will help to neutralize the spice as you swallow. The carbonation and the alcohol in Union Jack help to cleanse the palate getting you ready for that next chip full of salsa!