Imperial India Pale Ale (IPA)


A very strong and very hoppy pale ale.

Vital Statistics

O.G. 1.070 – 1.090
F.G. 1.010 – 1.020
ABV 7.5 – 10.0 %
IBU 60 – 120
SRM 8 – 15
Volumes CO2 2.2 – 2.7

Statistics from [1] and [2]

Related Styles

Imperial IPA borrows the use of “Imperial” from Russian imperial stout except devoid of the historical connection to the Russian Imperial court. Imperial IPA is a stronger hoppier version of American IPA with some similarities to American barley wine in terms of both gravity and IBUs.

Brewing an Imperial IPA

Grains Well modified pale malt optionally with some small amount of specialty grains.

Hops Liberal use of hops of any origin at all stages of brewing including dry-hopping.

Yeast American Ale yeast.

Water Low carbonate content (soft water). Sulfate content may vary from low to moderately high.


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