Pale Ale Versus IPA

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lembeck2001

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What is the defining difference between and American IPA and an American Pale Ale?

There is a lot overlap between the 2 in description and style. Without looking at what the label calls it, how would you reconize an IPA over an APA?
 

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Bitterness, mostly. APA is 30-45 IBU (as per BJCP style guidelines), IPA is 40-70. So, a little bit of overlap.

There will be similar flavors, and both should finish reasonably dry. IPA will usually have a much more aggressive hop profile overall (flavor and aroma); APA will usually have a fairly strong hop character, just not nearly as much as a good example of an American IPA.

Basically, American IPA = 'roided up APA.
 
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