“Can I try the IPA?” is a question you may hear often at breweries from a crowd of apparently beer-savvy drinkers, and it’s an automatic way to look like you know what you’re talking about at a bar. IPA beer is the single most popular and common style of craft beer offered at bars, it’s extremely trendy, and statistics show that that isn’t changing any time soon.
Whether you have a certain prowess in the art of brews or not, IPA beer is a popular choice among beer drinkers, and we’re here to explore the ins and outs of this long-reigning trendy brew.
5.) IPA 101: What is it?
First off, what is this beer? To begin, IPA stands for India Pale Ale and is a style of beer that is mostly characterized by its abundance of hops. Hops are defined as the flowers of the hop plant that is used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer. Basically, hops are what give a beer its bitter, zesty or citric flavors. IPAs differ in “hoppiness” and taste overall, but you can generally expect to taste a bit more bitterness than other types of craft beer. Another common trait of your standard IPA beer is higher alcohol by volume or ABV. The average brew has about 5 to 7.5%, so expect to feel buzzed if you choose to down a few of these on a night out.