Includes styles: India Pale Ale

BJCP 2021:


The India Pale Ale (IPA) category encompasses a family of hop-forward beers known for their strong aromas and flavors that can embody a broad range of hop characteristics including floral, fruity, citrusy, piney, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, and melon. These beers can have a moderate to high hop bitterness. The malt backbone supports the strong hop presence and offers balance without overpowering the hops; malt characters range from subtle biscuity notes to pronounced caramel or toast tones depending on the style within the category.

Included in this diverse category are several sub-styles such as American IPA which typically showcases bold New World hop varietals imparting pronounced citrus and pine aromas; Specialty IPAs like Black IPA, Belgian IPA, Rye IPA etc., each introducing additional layers of complexity from either specialty malts or different yeast strains. What sets this category apart is its focus on showcasing the dynamic range of hops as both flavor and aroma protagonists against a varied malt canvas. This characteristic distills down into each sub-style creating unique interpretations that all share an overarching zeal for hop-driven profiles.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.9 < 6.4 < 8.2 %


In Database
18 < 55 < 84 IBU


In Database
7 < 13 < 69 EBC
3 < 7 < 35 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
11.2 < 15.2 < 19.4 °P
1.045 < 1.062 < 1.081 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.7 < 3.6 < 5.6 °P
1.007 < 1.014 < 1.022 FG

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