Regular readers may have noticed by now that I've got a deep appreciation for the work done by the Thornbridge brewery. I was blown away the first time I tried one of their beers - it was draught Jaipur at the Sheffield Tap. Jaipur has gone on to win award after award, and is often credited with spearheading the recent resurgence in strong hoppy IPAs in Britain.
One of my favourite Thornbridge beers is the India Pale Ale called Kipling - it's a blend of classic IPA strength and bitterness, but using New World hops to impart a fruity slightly floral character. It really is a cracking beer, and I heartily recommend you try it if you haven't already.
I found a recipe that purported to produce something not too far away from Kipling, and decided to have a go. I've called it Shere Khan IPA after the chief antagonist of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book stories.