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Old 05-14-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Wheat beer vs IPA

Still trying to learn more about the different types of beer. Which one do you guys prefer more and which is more hoppy/bitter and usually has the higher ABV?

Trying to decide on which kind I should brew next. I want to get another batch going in the primary since I finished bottling my last batch which was a pale ale.


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Old 05-14-2010, 12:38 AM   #2
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IPAs are way higher in ABV and hoppiness. Start poking around on the HBT wiki, wikipedia, etc. and research different beer styles. Also, the best way to get to know different styles is to sample them... for research purposes.


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Old 05-14-2010, 12:55 AM   #3
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The BJCP website has style guidelines on every beer style.
http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Helps to be drinking one and reading about it to learn the different components and whatnot
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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Around here, I'm guessing IPA would win.

IPAs are hoppier and higher ABV, unless your looking at a Weizenbock. Then the Weizenbock might have a higher ABV. But it would still be less hoppy.
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Which do you like?...brew that. I say if you’re having a hard time determining flavor preferences between a wheat and an IPA brew both. If you are unable to determine flavor differences in these two beers I’m a little surprised, and at the same time impressed, that you’ve jumped into homebrewing. Brew like a banshee, find what you like, and don’t let anyone discredit your preferences.

Personally, I think both would be good to brew this time of year but a wheat be mightb ne slightly more refreshing as the summer starts, just my opinion
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Yeah pretty easy to tell the difference between IPA and Wheat bears.

I am not a big wheat beer fan. I love IPA's. The only wheats I really like to drink a lot of is Oberon or Sam Adams Summer Ale.
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I love them both really, but IPA's seem to be more popular on this board. You could get the best of both worlds if you brewed a Gumballhead clone! I'm actually going to do that this weekend.
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These two are chalk and cheese. Run out and buy a commercial version of each and see which one appeals to you more at this time.
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Or check out the WPA in my recipes. Best of both worlds!
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Originally Posted by Kegstand View Post
Which one do you guys prefer more and which is more hoppy/bitter and usually has the higher ABV?
BJCP guidelines aside, the beauty of this hobby is that you can brew whatever you want. When the topic of wheat beers comes up the banana and clove German style are what some people think of. Others imagine lame American versions that are brewed to draw in the BMC crowd.

By style guidelines American IPAís come in at 1.056-1.075 OG, 5.5-7.5% ABV and 40-70 IBUís. American Wheat tops out at 1.055 OG, 5.5% ABV and 30 IBUís. You donít have to bump the number too far to bring those numbers into the IPA range. Personally, I love a hoppy American Wheat.

Give it a try!


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