The German glassmaker Spiegelau, in partnership with Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head, and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada brewery, has introduced an I.P.A.-specific beer glass, perhaps the world’s first, surely the most obsessively considered.
The thinness of the glass provides cold retention; the tapered opening delivers beer to the palate’s sweet middle; the bowed bowl acts as a “rocket ship,” Mr. Calagione said, pushing aromatic components into the nose as liquid hits lip. The triple-ridged bottom refoams and aerates, so the last gulp is as pleasing as the first.
In a taste test, Dogfish Head 60 Minute India Pale Ale was poured into a pint glass and the Spiegelau glass; results were startling. The beer in the pint glass tasted flat and quickly became warm, while the Spiegelau glass stayed frosty and tingled the nose. If you actually like beer, it must be even better. About $25 for a pair.