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American India Pale Ale/IPA

Characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney or resinous American-variety hop character, this style is all about hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. This has been the most-entered category at the Great American Beer Festival for more than a decade, and is the top-selling craft beer style in supermarkets and liquor stores across the U.S.

Category: India Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Spicy Tuna Roll
  • Blue Cheeses
  • Persimmon Rice Pudding

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Tulip
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Gold to Copper, Red or Brown

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma is high and hop flavor is strong both with floral qualities and citrus-like, piney, resinous or sulfur-like American-variety hop character. Hop bitterness is medium-high to very high.

Malt

Biscuit, Bready, Caramel

Esters

Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Pine

Phenols

Not common to style.

Sensations

Body

Soft to Sticky

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo

Malt

American Two-Row

Water

High mineral content

Yeast

Ale

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