American craft brewers can take credit for reviving India Pale Ale since introducing their interpretations of the style to the American market in the 1990s. Brewed to bold levels of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness, American IPAs are perhaps more akin to original English IPAs from the 1800s than any others today. The American hop varietals in American IPAs take fruity, citrusy, floral, piney, resinous aromas and flavors to much higher levels than in standard American Pale Ales. Ranging in color from pale gold to orange to deep copper, some American IPAs are clear, and others may be hazy if dry-hopped or left unfiltered. The intense hop bitterness in the best American IPAs predominates over medium, clean malt levels, making this a no-apologies American beer style with hop character that picks up where American Pale Ale leaves off.
Characteristics: Hoppy, citrusy, piney, spicy, medium-bodied
ABV range: 6-7.5% IBU: 45-70
Popular American IPA-style beers: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, New Belgium Ranger IPA, Ipswich IPA, Fish Tale Organic IPA, Diamond Knot IPA, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Stone IPA, Victory HopDevil Ale, Smuttynose IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Scuttlebutt Gale Force IPA, Redhook Long Hammer IPA
Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Blue cheeses, sharp Cheddar, Colby
Food Pairing Ideas: Blackened chicken, shellfish, spicy dishes