Originally Posted by dkm11b
the english IPA's ive tried have always had a stronger malt backbone, and the hops are obviously of the english variety so its less citrus/pine/tropical/dank, and more woodsey/earthy/spicey/floral etc. A book on IPA's that ive re-read numerous times showed some early ipa recipes (1800's-ish), and they were all high gravity high ibu beers.
Agreed. I've never really dabbled too much in English IPA's, so a few weeks ago I picked up about 15 different English ales (mostly IPA's), just out of curiosity, for my brother in law and I to drink during our last brew day (which made for a fun day!). We basically immersed ourselves into the English style that day. Overall, much more floral, muted hops - and most definitely more earthy/woodsy than the citrusy/piney flavors (along with the distinct Maris otter malty backbone). Some even tasted like they were hopped with dried mushrooms.