According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, it is estimated that more than 2.9 billion cases of beer were shipped by the U.S. beer industry in 2021.
It is important to note, however, that not all beer is created equal. There are a lot of subcategories within ales and lagers, which makes it difficult for the average consumer to decide which type of beer to buy since two types can taste completely different.
The complexity of the jargon that is common within the beer industry can be confusing when a person is walking through the liquor store seeking a new and interesting six-pack, but we can help you to make sense of it all.
What is an IPA?
According to Stone Brewing, India Pale Ale is a pale ale that emphasizes hop flavors and aromas.
The term IPA has its origins going back to the British Empire and its colonies, but, according to Stone Brewing, today’s IPA is a completely different animal than those of the past. Stone Brewing says that American IPAs are most easily recognized by their hoppy flavor, which is the most easily identified characteristic of these beers. American IPAs have an alcohol content of about 6 – 7 percent ABV (Alcohol by Volume).
What Are Hops?
Humulus lupulus is the name of the plant from which hops come.
In accordance with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., hops stem from a plant called Humulus lupulus and are green, cone-shaped flowers that grow in bunches. IPA has a bitter, aromatic and flavor profile that can be attributed to the pods and glands found within the flower.
What Is An Imperial Ipa?
Stone Brewing says that an imperial IPA, also known as a double IPA, tends to have at least 8% alcohol by volume, according to Stone Brewing.
According to Craft Beer Club, this beer is darker and more bitter than a traditional IPA.
The Stone Brewing company describes an imperial IPA as a “triple” if it reaches 10% or more alcohol by volume.
What is a hazy IPA?
Hazy IPAs tend to be a bit of a wildcard and can range in ABV from 4% to 20%. In Stone Brewing’s opinion, an IPA of this type is distinguished by its unfiltered, less bitter taste, which makes it stand out from other types.
What is a session IPA?
According to Stone Brewing, session IPAs typically have an alcohol content of 4-5%. Due to their relatively low ABV, they are known as “session” IPAs because you can have a couple of them at a time with friends. According to Stone Brewing, this is because they are relatively easy to consume.
It is time to get hoppy and review a few IPA terms that may be helpful in your next happy hour or beer tasting. In order to choose the right IPA, you need to know as much as you can about the different styles available. The fact that you can impress your friends with your beer knowledge is always a bonus.
International Bittering Units (IBU)
IBUs (International bittering units) are a measurement of the acidity of hops. In beer, hops are the green cone-shaped flowers which are often used to make it bitter by adding a little acidity. In general, the higher the IBU rating, the bitterer your IPA will be. There are about 50 IBUs in most IPA beers.
A double IPA (sometimes abbreviated DIPA) has more hops and more malt than a regular IPA. The resulting beer is usually very high in alcohol content (7% or more). Double IPAs and imperial IPAs are very similar and should be consumed with caution. You’ll be surprised how quickly you feel the effects of a beer over 7% ABV and even more surprised how you continue to feel it the next day!
A dry-hopped beer smells like fruit, Christmas, and your favorite candy. This beer is brewed for its incredible aroma without the hops. Dry-hopping means that the beer was basically soaked in hops, but no hops were added into the liquid hence the discrepancy in smell and taste.
Single-hopped IPA uses one type of hop. Other IPAs are made with a variety of different hops to combine different flavors. Have you heard of a Citra single-hop IPA? That means that Citra (the type of hop) was the only type of hop used in the beer.
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