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Old 02-09-2011, 03:34 AM   #1
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Default Ipa vs apa

Just wondering what the difference between Indian pale ales and American pale ale is? I haven't actually ever drank an Ipa but recently had an Apa from a larger microbrewery somewhat local and loved it. Are there any partial mash recipes for apa's


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Old 02-09-2011, 03:38 AM   #2
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Here you go..

APA vs. IPA

American Examples. There are also English IPAs and Pale Ales


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Old 02-09-2011, 03:39 AM   #3
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ipa's tend to be stronger and hoppier, in general. they also are sometimes maltier, but hoppier to compensate. there are a lot of differences, but usually subtle. 2 good recipes are edwort's pale ale, and CascadePA. i have CascadePA in my repertoire as a regular, but instead of 4 cascade additions, i do cascade, willamette, cascade, willamette. great brew
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:39 AM   #4
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I just assume if it's a Pale Ale, then its not an IPA but a more mellow "American" or "English" Pale ale. Pale ales are a bit less hoppy then IPA's.
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It can be confusing, because I've had some APA's that were quite a bit stronger and hoppier than some IPA's.

The links I posted give good examples of commercial beers that follow the "guidelines".

edit: Side note; There's a discussion brewing to change the description of Double IPA's or Imperial IPA's to be called San Diego Pale Ale.
Since, you know, that's where the style started...
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I make an apa called 4-c's, which can easily be mistaken for an ipa. cascade, chinook, columbus and centenial - hence the 4-c's. very tasty
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I make an apa called 4-c's, which can easily be mistaken for an ipa. cascade, chinook, columbus and centenial - hence the 4-c's. very tasty
Heh! I once made a "3C IPA" Centenial, Cascade, Chinook.

It was funny because of an inside joke, 3C was a derogatory term.


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