Summer 2019 Exclusive

IPA Confusion is a Real Thing

No longer exclusively hop-forward and bitter, IPAs have splintered into a spectrum of sub-styles.

If the thought of ordering an IPA makes you a wee bit anxious, we’re here to help. These seven IPA varieties are all you need to know… at least for now.

 

Session IPA*
Session IPAs combine the hop-dominant profile of an IPA with the moderate ABV of a session beer, which by the way, is no easy feat. DayTime is boldly dosed with a glorious fortune of dry hops and a toasty malt foundation. But at 4% ABV and only 98 calories, it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done.

Juicy or Hazy IPA*
(a.k.a. New England-style)
Unfiltered and cloudy with a silky mouth feel, Hazy IPAs de-emphasize hop bitterness, often showcasing flavor and aromas reminiscent of tropical fruit juice. Mind Haze is juicy yet balanced, hazy yet lasting and loaded with an imaginative array of tropical hop flavors.

 

West Coast IPA
Dank and resinous with bitter hop characteristics, West Coast IPAs are known for a huge hop aroma, bursting with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Stone IPA, the IPA that launched generations of hop fanatics, is a golden beauty, exploding with tropical, citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all balanced by a subtle malt character. It’s hugely refreshing.
East Coast IPA
Less bitter than West Coast styles, East Coast IPAs are more about balancing flavors. But they can still be brewed with a boatload of hops, like Dogfish Head 60 Minute, which was called “the most balanced IPA on the market” by Wall Street Journal. This IPA is made with intense Northwest hops and boiled for 60 minutes, with more than 60 hop additions to create a citrusy, grassy hop flavor, without being crushingly bitter.

 

Single Hop IPA
This style allows brewers to highlight the character of a specific hop. Stacy’s Mom is Evil Genius’ American IPA, dry-hopped exclusively with Citra hops. Soft on the palate with extremely low bitterness, Citra hops provide an explosive aroma of tropical fruits, lemon peel, peach and mango, complemented by a clean and slightly toasty malt base.
Brut IPA
With characteristics of a dry, white wine, brut IPAs are crisp, light-bodied and dry, with light fruit flavors and floral hop aromas. Late hop additions give Sierra Nevada’s version a balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor, with a champagne-style finish.

 

Fruit IPA
Using produce to brew beer is refreshing and delicious. Infused with fruit to complement and enhance hop characteristics, Grapefruit Sculpin adds a fresh squeeze of tangy bitterness to Ballast Point’s signature IPA. The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements the IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit may be a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

 

*Style recognized by Brewers Association

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