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American India Pale Ale (IPA)


American India Pale Ale is a strong very highly hopped pale ale. Usually has a large dose of American hops with flavors evocative of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. Similar to American pale ale but more robustly flavored. American IPA evolved from the original English IPAs formulated to withstand transportation (by sailboat) from England to India.

Vital Statistics

O.G. 1.056 – 1.075
F.G. 1.010 – 1.018
ABV 5.5 – 7.5 %
IBU 40 – 70
SRM 6 – 15
Volumes CO2 2.2 – 2.7

Statistics from [1] and [2]

Related Styles

Based on traditional English IPAs, but brewed with American hops and ingredients. American IPAs are like stronger and hoppier versions of American pale ale.

Brewing American IPA

Grains Well-modified pale malt provides a base. Mashed at lower temperatures to produce wort that will ferment more completely.

Hops American hops (in quantity). Added at all stages of brewing to produce bitterness, flavor, aroma, and hop nuance. Generally dry-hopped.

Yeast American ale yeast.

Water Low carbonate levels (soft water). May have elevated sulfate levels.


  1. ^ Beer Judge Certification Program style guide 14b
  2. ^ Hibbard, Mark. "A Primer on Priming." 1995.