India Pale Ale (IPA) vs. Double IPA (DIPA) – What’s the Difference?
Unsure of the differences between a Double / Imperial IPA and a regular IPA? Continue reading to learn what sets these hoppy beer styles apart.
By The Beer Community on Aug. 21, 2019
In many brewer’s opinions, there are no rules when it comes to brewing double India pale ales and defining the differences between a DIPA and an IPA can be tricky. If you’re a major hop-head and love single IPAs, then the imperial/double IPA is the beer style for you!
What’s the Difference Between a Single IPA & a Double IPA?
What is an IPA?
India pale ale is one of the most popular beer styles and often referred to as the “backbone of the craft beer industry“. IPAs have a long history all over the world and it would be hard to find a brewery that does not brew an India Pale Ale.
What makes an IPA an IPA?
Characteristics of an India Pale Ale (IPA):
Not only are IPAs often confused with double IPAs, but people also mix up the differences between pale ales and India pale ales. An India pale ale is going to be more hop-prominent and slightly more bitter than a pale ale. Aromas of citrus, pine, and flowers are often present in a sip of an IPA. A typical India pale ale will have an ABV of about 6-7%.
What is the best IPA?
Well, that’s totally up to you! There are so many India Pale Ales out there, and they are a very popular beer style. We have quite the list of IPAs for you to try, or you can check out some of our top 10 IPAs, if you’re looking for a place to start.
What is a Double IPA?
A double IPA, also known as an imperial IPA, is a beer style that was created in America. The idea for the DIPA was a result of the popularity that India pale ales have gained over the past couple of years. A double IPA is just like a single IPA but more — more hops and more malt.
What makes a DIPA a DIPA?
Characteristics of a Double India Pale Ale (DIPA):
Double India pale ales are often richer in texture than a single India pale ale. With the additional malt also added, the finished brew can have more of a caramel or toasted palate. Typically, DIPAs have more booze in them and usually have an ABV of 9-10% or higher. Double IPAs can also take twice as long to brew.
What is the best Double IPA?
Once again, you’re the judge for this one. You can check out our list of Double / Imperial IPAs for some reference and find the perfect IPA for you.
Double IPA vs. Imperial IPA
Are Double IPAs and Imperial IPAs the same thing?
Many people think that a Double IPA is a different style beer than an Imperial IPA. These people are mistaken! Double IPA is the same as an Imperial IPA. We think that the “double” came from the abbreviation of IIPA, as in (double I)PA. “Double” is more commonly used in North America, while “Imperial” is used more in Europe.
What is a Triple IPA? Is it a real beer style?
While there are breweries that have released beers under the style of triple IPA, the style is considered “debatable” by many other brewers. Triple IPAs tend to be even hoppier and contain a higher ABV% than a double IPA.
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