As much a style born from American ingenuity and exploration as it is from storied Belgian tradition, Belgian IPA is the answer for enthusiasts who want hoppy IPA character combined with the complex, fruity, spicy character of Belgian Strong Pale Ales.
With several Belgian and American breweries creating their own interpretations, Belgian IPA includes varying degrees and ratios of hoppiness to estery, spicy Belgian yeast character. Hop varietals, such as American Pacific Northwest and Noble, will factor in the beer’s hop character, with many Belgian examples showing a more restrained Noble hop personality, while U.S. brewers opt for more pungent American hops.
|Taste/Smell||Hoppy, Fruity Esters, Spicy, Medium-bodied|
|Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) Range||6 – 12%|
|Popular Examples||Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, Piraat Ale, Poperings Hommel Bier, De Ranke XX Bitter, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Allagash Hugh Malone Ale, Green Flash Le Freak Ale, Clown Shoes Muffin Top, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp|
|Serving Temperature||Cool, 46-54°|
|Glassware||Stemmed tulip, chalice, large wine glass|
|Cheese Pairing Ideas||Blue Cheese, Cheddar, Edam, Gorgonzola|
|Food Pairing Ideas||Spicy seafood dishes and fried foods|