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English-Style India Pale Ale

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Location: British
Category: Ale
BJCP Comparable Category: 12C - English IPA

Style Description

This is the description of how the English-Style India Pale Ale style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the English-Style India Pale Ale beer style.

Non-English hops may be used for bitterness or for approximating traditional English hop character. The use of water with high mineral content may result in a crisp, dry beer rather than a malt-accentuated version.

  • Color: Gold to copper
  • Body: Medium
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Medium malt flavor should be present
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Medium to high, expressed as floral, herbal, earthy, stone fruit or other attributes from high hopping rates. While English hop character should be present, this can result from the skillful use of hops of other origin.
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Medium to high
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters are medium to high. Traditional interpretations are characterized by medium to medium-high alcohol content. The use of water with high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer with a subtle and balanced character of sulfur compounds. Diacetyl can be absent or may be present at very low levels.
  • Common Ingredients: Pale ale malt. English hops are traditional, particularly as finishing hops. Attenuative British ale yeast. Refined sugar may be used in some versions. Some versions may show a sulfate character from Burton-type water, but this is not essential to the style.
  • Commercial Examples: Freeminer Trafalgar IPA, Fuller's Bengal Lancer IPA, Meantime India Pale Ale, Ridgeway IPA, Summit True Brit IPA, Thornbridge Jaipur, Worthington White Shield

Brewing Properties of English-Style India Pale Ale

These are the functional brewing properties of English-Style India Pale Ale beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
4.5 - 7.1%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
35 - 63 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
6 - 14 SRM
(12 - 28 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.046 - 1.064
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.012 - 1.018

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.