Date: Special Issue: IPA Style Guide

Rogue Ales: Imperial Pale Ale (I2PA) clone

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Part of Rogue Ale’s XS series of beers, their I2PA features an intense hopping regiment and is aged for 9 months before leaving the brewery.


Russian River Brewing Co.’s Pliny the Elder clone

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Originally brewed to be part of a first-ever “Double IPA festival” back in 2000, Pliny has become the standard by which many modern double IPAs are measured. As with any hop-heavy beer, Pliny is best enjoyed fresh, while the massive hop aroma is at its peak.


Bear Republic Brewing Company: Racer 5 IPA clone

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This full-bodied West Coast IPA is one of America’s most medal-winning IPAs.


Bear Republic Brewing Company: Hop Rod Rye clone

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This high-gravity IPA is brewed with 18% rye malt and has a floral hop aroma and caramel notes.


Three Floyds Brewing Company: Dreadnaught clone

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This unforgettable imperial IPA features an intense citrus hop aroma and a huge malt body.


Alesmith Brewing Company: Alesmith IPA clone

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This well-balanced West Coast IPA is a San Diego classic that is filled with aromas of grapfruit and tangerine, fresh pine, and tropical fruit.


Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: 90-Minute IPA clone

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90 Minute IPA was the first beer that Dogfish Head brewed using their continuous hopping technique of adding hops throughout the boil. Esquire magazine has called it “perhaps the best IPA in America.”


Left Hand Brewery’s Twin Sisters (Double IPA) clone

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A big, chewy, resiny, hop extravaganza. Not a brew for the feint of heart.


Specialty IPA

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When I started brewing, there was only one style category for India pale ale. Just a single category, no subcategories. Several years later, people had begun talking about the differences between English and American IPA, and eventually double IPA entered the mix. It stayed that way for quite some time. Years went by and people


Double IPA

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Like many people, when I was new to craft beer I favored beers that had a maltier balance, ones that were not so bitter. At that time, a homebrew shop owner told me that most people start out preferring malty beer styles, but eventually everyone craves hoppy beers. He was right and it didn’t take


American IPA

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The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has distinguished four different IPA styles: English, American, double, and specialty (which has numerous sub-categories). Some people further specify American IPAs as being a “West Coast” IPA. Count me among those who believe West Coast IPA is its own unique style, a creative outgrowth from brewers and drinkers that


English IPA

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India pale ale was first created when an enterprising brewer crafted a beer to better survive the long sea voyage from England to India in the late 18th century. It is said that the beer had more hop bitterness than other beers of its time to help preserve the beer against spoilage. Today, English commercial


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