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Beer Styles

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English-Style IPA

Steeped in lore (and extra hops), the IPA is a stronger version of a pale ale. The English-style IPA is characterized by stiff English-style hop character (earthy, floral) and increased alcohol content. English yeast lends a fruity flavor and aroma. Different from its American counterpart, this style strikes a balance between malt and hops for a more rounded flavor. There is also a lot of mythology surrounding the creation of this style, which is still debated today.

Category: India Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Aged Cheddar
  • Ginger Spice Cake

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Gold to Copper

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma is medium to high, often flowery. Hop flavor and bitterness are medium to high. Earthy and herbal English-variety hop character is perceived, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins

Malt

Bready, Biscuit, Toast, Caramel, Toffee

Esters

Fruity ester aromas are moderate to very strong

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl can be absent or may be perceived at very low levels

Sensations

Body

Moderate

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

British Pale Ale, Crystal, Biscuit

Water

High mineral content. May include subtle sulfur content

Yeast

Ale

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