Beer Styles 201 – India Pale Ales (IPA)
IPA is one of the most popular beer styles and definitely the backbone of the craft beer industry. Most breweries have at least one IPA, but what are they?
By The Beer Community on Mar. 22, 2016
Style Name: India Pale Ale
Substyle/Region: English, American, Belgian
Appearance: They are usually golden or amber in colour with a full persistent head. When they are dry-hopped they are a bit cloudy, but usually, they are pretty clear.
Flavor & Aroma: Strong bitterness from hops, but with a balanced malt character. The aromas that waft are citrusy, herbaceous, earthy or grassy. It can also have a fruity yeast character and the malt flavours tend to be biscuit, toast or caramel.
Palate & Mouthfeel: This style is known for high carbonation levels. It has a substantial weight and is generally high in IBUs which makes it feel heavy and bitter.
Food Pairings: The bitterness helps it cut right through spicy foods. It is especially great with Indian dishes and Mexican dishes.
Comments: While many people think the name is because it was brewed or originated in India this is not true. It was brewed in England, but specifically to withstand the long, arduous journey to India and still taste good.
Style Comparisons: Double IPA
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