Do Those Fancy IPA Glasses Really Make a Difference?

IMG_6753Featured Contributor: Beth Pickard @brewcitybiker1 

Created through a collaboration between Spiegalau glassware, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, Spiegalau’s IPA-specific glasses claim to showcase the unique aromas and flavors of American hops. The glass that may come to mind when you think of a beer vessel was actually designed to mix cocktails. It was used to serve beer in bars because it was easily stacked, cheap and durable. However, when craft beer and hop-heavy beers came onto the scene, there was a need for a new glass style. New styles of beer glassware evolved, but never one specific for drinking hoppy IPAs and American Pale Ales.


I had to see what the hype was all about so I bought a pair of the glasses. Designed to keep aroma and head preserved, I found that the aroma is definitely kept better with the tapered opening compared to the wide opening of a shaker pint or snifter. The glass helped slow the release of CO2 bubbles. Apparently the etching on the bottom of the inside of the glass is called an anucleation point, which helps to create a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The glasses have a 19-ounce capacity with plenty of room to pour in the case of a frothy head. The additional volume compared to a traditional pint is convenient for pouring in a whole bomber (for those of us who want to ruin our taste buds with 22 ounces of hopped up beer).


The glass is thin and delicate like some wine glasses. They are dishwasher safe, although I have heard from friends that they prefer to wash them by hand. I wash them by hand. Usually I will rise the glass with water after using it so that no beer residue sticks to the bottom of the glass, which is difficult to remove by hand because the bottom of the glass is smaller.


Overall, I enjoy using these glasses and would recommend them for someone who regularly drinks IPAs or hoppy beers at home. They are not ideal for a party because of their delicate nature nor are they good for beers outside of the style they were designed to contain. The price point cannot be beat and they make a good gift for a beer geek.

Beth’s Bio:


“Biking is part of my daily life as well as a passion that I take with me on adventures. And craft beer has challenged me to learn. I am a homebrewer and beer judge. Thank goodness these two passions cancel each other out calorie wise!”

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Beth Pickhard

Beth Pickhard

I have a passion for beer, bikes and travel and write about these things on my blog, Brew City Biker. My mission is to explore the world of craft beer by bike and involve newbies in these activities. I am a homebrewer and BJCP Certified Beer Judge.

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