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American IPA

  The modern epitome of India Pale Ale. The American IPA is characterized by the high bitterness, the citrus-fruity, tropical-fruity, but also resinous aromas of the hops. However, a fine... read more »
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American IPA

 

The modern epitome of India Pale Ale. The American IPA is characterized by the high bitterness, the citrus-fruity, tropical-fruity, but also resinous aromas of the hops. However, a fine malt body that offers contrast to the bitter taste is also found. The style most commonly brewed at craft beer breweries.

Beer Style Facts: American IPA / West Coast IPA

  • Appearance: Orange, amber or copper in color. Mostly clear.
  • Aroma: Citrus-fruity, less often tropical or stone-fruity, hop notes complemented by hints of resin and pine. On the palate, the strong hop aroma is complemented by a malty aromatic body. Its notes are reminiscent of caramel, bread or cereal. In addition, a distinct bitterness characterizes the taste. The mouthfeel is mostly dry.
  • Alcohol: 5-8%.
  • Classic Beer: Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA

American IPA - a brief history

In the second half of the 20th century, many small breweries and homebrewers experimented with old styles, especially on the Northwest Coast. The classic English IPA turned out to be a particularly good basis for showcasing the locally growing aromatic hop varieties - for example, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

Pioneering work in this field was done, among others, by the Sierra Nevada brewery in California. From the early 1980s, their beers perfectly showcased U.S. hops such as Cascade and Chinook, thus defining the style of the American IPA.

What does an American IPA taste like?

The American IPA is a modern evolution of the English IPA, the classic India Pale Ale. The difference between an American IPA and the English representative is nevertheless clear. The hop aroma in the U.S. versions of the beer is particularly different, as the local hops from the western or northwestern United States are more fruity. It can produce aromas of grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange, but also mango, passion fruit or pineapple. It also can have a great resinousness. An English IPA, on the other hand, is more restrainedly fruity, grassy or herbal. The malt body is bready, grain-forward, but not too heavy. A slight sweetness reminiscent of caramel can occur, as well as a dry mouthfeel.

West Coast vs. East Coast

There are differences in the U.S., however. While the West Coast IPA is considered a classic and focuses on the hop-malt body-bitterness balance described above, in the eastern part of the country you tend to find even more intense hop bombs that have less bitterness and whose malt bodies are not only lighter, but also lighter. In some cases, this sub-style has also evolved into a New England IPA - or NEIPA - which is gant particularly in demand these days, and the lines between American IPA and New England IPA are almost impossible to draw. As a countermovement, however, more and more old-school West Coast IPAs are being found on the market.

What food goes well with an American IPA?

India Pale Ales are great to drink with a spicy meal. Be it an Indian or Asian curry or spicy Mexican tacos. All types of IPAs are excellent with barbecue and grilling in the summer. As a cheese, a Gorgonzola goes well with an IPA. As a sweet accompaniment, carrot cakes are very appropriate.

American IPAs at Beyond Beer: Our recommendations!

You'll find a huge selection of great American IPAs at Beyond Beer, which taste great to both the craft beer novice and the most crass of beernerds. Two beers in particular we would like to recommend to you:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA: Sure, the aforementioned classic! Still tastes just insanely good and embodies this style like no other IPA. Citrus aromatic, resinous, bitter and with a strong malt body.

BRLO German IPA: The Berlin brewery has brewed a round, balanced and very approachable IPA. And they did it exclusively with ingredients from Germany. In doing so, they prove that it doesn't always have to be hops from the USA for good IPAs.

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Orca Searching For Chinook

American IPA

Orca Searching For Chinook

Orca Brau

€3.79 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€11.48 * / 1 Liter)
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Sudden Death STS IPA

American IPA

Sudden Death STS Live & Loud

Sudden Death Brewing

€6.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€15.89 * / 1 Liter)
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Verdant x Elusive Trust The Diagram

American IPA

Verdant x Elusive Trust The Diagram

Verdant

€8.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€19.30 * / 1 Liter)
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Beak Maps

American IPA

Beak Maps

Beak Brewery

€8.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€19.98 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller Syrax Rises (House of the Dragon) IPA

American IPA

Mikkeller House of the Dragon: Syrax Rises...

Mikkeller

€5.59 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€12.70 * / 1 Liter)
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Stigbergets Existens Essens Transcendens IPA

American IPA

Stigbergets Existens Essens Transcendens

Stigbergets

€6.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€15.89 * / 1 Liter)
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Fuerst Wiacek Talkie Walkie American IPA

American IPA

Fuerst Wiacek Talkie Walkie

Fuerst Wiacek

€5.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€12.48 * / 1 Liter)
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Protokoll Going All the Way American IPA

American IPA

Protokoll Going All the Way

Protokoll Brewery

€4.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€11.34 * / 1 Liter)
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Siren Time Hops Centennial West Coast IPA

American IPA

Siren Time Hops Centennial

Siren

€6.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€15.43 * / 1 Liter)
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Siren Soundwave IPA

American IPA

Siren Soundwave

Siren

€4.19 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€12.70 * / 1 Liter)
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Thornbridge Some Friday That IPA

American IPA

Thornbridge Some Friday That (Brew York Collab)

Thornbridge

€4.69 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€10.66 * / 1 Liter)
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BrewHeart Hop Rod Magazine IPA

American IPA

BrewHeart Hop Rod Magazine

BrewHeart

€6.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€14.30 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller SD Tumble Dry Low IPA

American IPA

Mikkeller SD Tumble Dry Low

Mikkeller San Diego

€8.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.473 Liter (€19.01 * / 1 Liter)
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Protokoll I Know What I Like American IPA

American IPA

Protokoll I Know What I Like

Protokoll Brewery

€5.19 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€11.80 * / 1 Liter)
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Protokoll Simcoe IPA American IPA

American IPA

Protokoll Simcoe IPA

Protokoll Brewery

€5.19 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€11.80 * / 1 Liter)
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Basqueland Imparable

American IPA

Basqueland Imparable

Basqueland Brewing

€4.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€14.52 * / 1 Liter)
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Orca Local IPA

American IPA

Orca Local IPA

Orca Brau

€2.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€9.06 * / 1 Liter)
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8 Bit True Brewmance IPA

American IPA

8 Bit True Brewmance

8 Bit Brewing

€8.49 €6.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.473 Liter (€14.78 * / 1 Liter)
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Deya Unmute Yourself IPA

American IPA

Deya Unmute Yourself

Deya

€9.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€18.58 * / 1 Liter)
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CRAK Felicità West Coast IPA

American IPA

CRAK Felicità

CRAK

€6.59 €4.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.4 Liter (€12.48 * / 1 Liter)
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CRAK Guerrilla IPA

American IPA

CRAK Guerrilla

CRAK

€4.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.4 Liter (€12.48 * / 1 Liter)
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CRAK New Green IPA Glutenfrei

American IPA

CRAK New Green

CRAK

€5.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.4 Liter (€13.73 * / 1 Liter)
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Uiltje Bird Of Prey IPA

American IPA

Uiltje Bird Of Prey

Uiltje Brewing

€3.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€9.97 * / 1 Liter)
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Schwarze Rose Boogie Safari American IPA

American IPA

Schwarze Rose Boogie Safari

Schwarze Rose

€5.99 €4.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€11.34 * / 1 Liter)
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Brewski Pango IPA

American IPA

Brewski Pango

Brewski

€5.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€16.64 * / 1 Liter)
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Brewski The Snow King IPA

American IPA

Brewski The Snow King

Brewski

€4.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€15.12 * / 1 Liter)
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Stigbergets Double Headed DDH West Coast IPA

American IPA

Stigbergets Double Headed DDH West Coast IPA

Stigbergets

€7.59 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€17.25 * / 1 Liter)
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Brauquadrat Big Bro American IPA

American IPA

Brauquadrat Big Bro

Brauquadrat

€5.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€13.61 * / 1 Liter)
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Sudden Death Tough Guy Ale American IPA

American IPA

Sudden Death Tough Guy Ale

Sudden Death Brewing

€5.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€13.61 * / 1 Liter)
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Kemker Kultuur Greni Farmhouse IPA

Saison & Farmhouse Ale

Kemker Kultuur Greni

Kemker Kultuur

€15.99 * plus €0.17 deposit
Content 0.75 Liter (€21.32 * / 1 Liter)
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Stigbergets West Coast IPA

American IPA

Stigbergets West Coast IPA

Stigbergets

€5.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€16.64 * / 1 Liter)
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Põhjala Virmalised (Dose) IPA

American IPA

Põhjala Virmalised

Põhjala

€4.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€13.00 * / 1 Liter)
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Braufactum Progusta IPA

American IPA

Braufactum Progusta

Braufactum

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Kona Gold Cliff IPA

American IPA

Kona Gold Cliff IPA

Kona Brewing

€2.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter
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Stone Brewing Stone IPA

American IPA

Stone IPA

Stone Brewing

€2.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter (€7.01 * / 1 Liter)
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Brewdog Punk IPA

American IPA

Brewdog Punk IPA

BrewDog

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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BrewDog Elvis Juice IPA

American IPA

BrewDog Elvis Juice

BrewDog

€2.29 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.94 * / 1 Liter)
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Steamworks Jasmine IPA

American IPA

Steamworks Jasmine IPA

Steamworks

€3.29 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€9.97 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller Burst IPA

American IPA

Mikkeller Burst

Mikkeller

€3.49 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€10.58 * / 1 Liter)
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Hopfmeister West Coast Road Trip IPA

American IPA

Hopfmeister West Coast Road Trip IPA

Hopfmeister

€3.29 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€9.97 * / 1 Liter)
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Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA

American IPA

Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing

€3.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter (€9.27 * / 1 Liter)
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Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo

American IPA

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo

Sierra Nevada Brewing

€3.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter (€9.27 * / 1 Liter)
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Amundsen Ink & Dagger

American IPA

Amundsen Ink & Dagger

Amundsen

€4.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€13.00 * / 1 Liter)
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Welde IPA

American IPA

Welde IPA

Welde

€2.49 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€7.55 * / 1 Liter)
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SIERRA NEVADA TROPICAL TORPEDO IPA

American IPA

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo

Sierra Nevada Brewing

€3.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter (€9.27 * / 1 Liter)
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Craftwerk Hop Head⁷

American IPA

Craftwerk Hop Head⁷

Craftwerk Brewing

€2.39 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€7.24 * / 1 Liter)
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Omnipollo Zodiak IPA

American IPA

Omnipollo Zodiak (Dose)

Omnipollo

€3.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€11.48 * / 1 Liter)
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Riedenburger Dolden Sud

American IPA

Riedenburger Dolden Sud

Riedenburger Brauhaus

€2.29 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.94 * / 1 Liter)
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