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IPA vs NEIPA – What’s the Difference?

We love IPAs! But what is an NEIPA? Is a New England India Pale Ale the same as a hazy IPA? Learn all about IPAs and Hazy IPAs in this article!

IPA vs NEIPA – What’s the Difference?

We all know that the IPA is one of the most popular beer styles around, but what is this “NEIPA” style you keep hearing about? The New England IPA has become a popular beer style amongst craft brewers and beer drinkers due to their hazy appearance and fruity presence. If you love a more fruity beer and want to try something new, then a New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA) is the beer style for you!

But how does an NEIPA differ from and IPA? Well, there are few differences between the New England IPA and the typical India Pale Ale. Let’s go through them:


What’s the Difference Between a New England IPA & an India Pale Ale?


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.

Click here to learn more about India Pale Ales.


What is a NEIPA?

An NEIPA or New England IPA or New England India Pale Ale is a version of an IPA that contains more tropical or fruit-forward flavour. NEIPAs are super dry hopped which is what gives them that haziness and fuller body. The fruitiness and haziness are the stars of the show with NEIPAs, so you won’t taste as much of the hoppy-ness or bitterness that’s typically found in an IPA’s flavour.


Where did NEIPAs come from?

As its name suggests, the New England IPA originated in New England (north-eastern part of the United States). Specifically in Vermont. These beers first hit the scene in around 2011 and NEIPAs were officially named a beer style by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) in 2015.


What makes a beer a New England IPA?

Characteristics of a New England India Pale Ale:

New England India pale ales are often a murky yellow colour that almost resembles orange juice. NEIPAs are also much thicker than your average IPA. NEIPAs have a sweeter aroma than a regular IPA and contain far less bitterness. NEIPAs also have a higher hop oil content due to the use of juicier hop strains and tend to contain oats for extra protein and haziness.


NEIPA vs. Hazy IPA
Are hazy IPAs the same as New England IPAs?

Essentially–yes. Hazy IPAs, Unfiltered IPAs, Juicy IPAs, New England IPAs are all different ways of talking about a hazed, fruitier, less bitter IPA. However, some have said that NEIPA are fuller and less sharp, whereas Hazy IPAs are more dryer. Others say these alternate names are just a marketing term that brewers have coined to avoid the “haze craze” associated with NEIPAs. So truly, we can say it’s up to the brewer to decide if these two are different.


Is an NEIPA a Hazy IPA?

Yes, NEIPAs are hazy IPAs, technically. New England IPAs are a hazed version of a regular IPA–which is why they have that murkier appearance than your typical IPA.


Want to learn more about different types of ipas? Check out these beer education articles about IPAs and Other beer styles that you might be interested in:

What’s the Difference Between an IPA and a Double IPA?
What is a Milkshake IPA?
How to Choose a Beer Style You Know You’ll Like
What is a Malt Liquor?

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