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Old 08-14-2007, 04:44 AM   #1
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Default India Pale Ale vs. Pale Ale

This probably will seem like an odd question, but I see heaps of people brewing IPAs, so I want to know what the fuss, and cistinction, is all about.

What are the key differences between an IPA and an regular Pale Ale?

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Old 08-14-2007, 04:55 AM   #2
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Check out the BJCP style guidelines. When you say 'pale ale' I figure you're probably thinking of american pale ales, so that would be the 'american ale' category.

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Old 08-14-2007, 04:58 AM   #3
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IPA will have a higher OG, more IBU's, and will have a liitle more sweetness to the finish......basically a hopped up APA.

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IPA's usually add at least a quarter teaspoon of curry powder into the secondary.






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Old 08-14-2007, 05:48 AM   #5
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IPA's usually add at least a quarter teaspoon of curry powder into the secondary.
I see why they are so popular....

I think I might need to get a few commerical examples into me to see what I think.
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For among the finest of commercial examples, try out the Dogfish Head IPA's, and I'm also big fan of Great Divides IPA's. Then head on over to the recipe section and brew yourself one, because you are sure to love them.

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Old 08-14-2007, 06:05 AM   #7
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That is an awesome style guide, thanks bradsul.

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If you notice though, APA and AIPA ranges have quite a bit of overlap. You can brew a single beer that could technically qualify as either by making a bigger and more bitter APA.

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I'd also recommend Harpoon IPA as a good starter IPA for someone who has never had one before. Dogfish Head 60 minute might be okay, but the 90 minute is probably too much for someone just checking out the style.

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^^while DFH 60 min is one of my favorite brews I don't agree that it is a good indicator of style or is a good "first IPA" for most people...

BJCP examples include Sierra Nevada Celebration, Stone IPA, Anchor Liberty, Harpoon IPA... etc

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