About American Style IPA

About American Style IPA
American style IPAs are deep gold to amber in color and fall between 5.5-7.5% in alcohol. They are characterized by floral and citrus hop aromas and a distinctive hop bitterness on the finish. This style originated in the 19th century when British troops and colonizers were working to develop an alternative to their standard ales in order to withstand transport to India. Today, US craft brewers have claimed the style as their own with assertive Pacific Northwestern hop varieties that stand out. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Laurelwood Workhorse India Pale Ale, Oskar Blue’s Deviant Dale’s IPA, Three Floyds Alpha King and Founder’s Centennial IPA.

Top Picks for American Style IPA

Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA
95 points
Clear gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of passionfruit pastry, cedar, hop pellets, dried tropical fruits, and paprika bbq rub with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long finish displaying nuances of spicy mango chutney on snap peas, rye toast, and radicchio finish. A delightful and lively marriage of zesty, fruity hops and malt.
pFriem IPA
95 points
IPA
Bright light gold color. Herbal, savory aromas and flavors of herbal potato pancake, honey roasted citrus, pine and hide, and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish conveying notes of dried stone fruits and pepper bread finish. A supple and savory IPA with a subtle sylvan style.
Awards: 2017 Best American Style IPA
Uncle Billy’s Shrieking Eel Dry Hopped IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Complex aromas of fresh sneakers, basil, citrus melange with mint and honey, flint, and jerk seasoning with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry medium-full body and a smooth, complex, very long dense bread, dried peach and pineapple, geranium, savory bread pudding with kale, watercress, and mole finish. A robust, balanced and dinner-friendly IPA that will be a great match for rich foods.
4 Noses Brewing Bout Damn Time IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized lemons, oranges and mangoes and chive herb pizza bread with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of arugula, peaches, and pepper finish. A juicy flavorful IPA with a basket of fruity hops.
Stevens Point Brewery Spruce Tip IPA
94 points
Copper color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of expressed citrus peels, pine cone and bark and sap with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, engaging, long finish with touches of radicchio, peppered cocoa, and rosemary muffin finish. A nice bitter IPA to cleanse the palate.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA
93 points
Clear pale light golden yellow color. Aromas of raw green onion, bloomy rind cheese, and fresh cut grass with a syrupy, soft, petillant, moderately sweet full body and a graceful, rapid lemon pound cake, white toast, mandarin orange segment, and roasted carrots finish. A tropical flavor packed IPA with lots to offer.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA
93 points
Amber color. Aromas of raw green onion, bloomy rind cheese, and fresh cut grass with a syrupy, soft, petillant, moderately sweet body and a graceful, brisk lemon pound cake, white toast, mandarin orange segment, and roasted carrots finish. A tropical flavor packed IPA with lots to offer.
Wild Leap Brew Co. Chance IPA
93 points
Hazy pale gold color. Aromas of green onion stems, peanut shell, flower vase water, and bay with a soft, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length mineral water, bitter green salad, and savory pastry finish. A bitter yet smooth IPA with strong floral hop aromas and a dry finish.
Fulton Brewing Company 300 Mosaic IPA
93 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted onion roll and pineapple tart with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish full body and a tingling, medium-long finish imparting notes of citrus peels, charred broccoli, and pepper finish. An in-your-face IPA that hits all the right notes.
Rogue Ales Straight Outta Newport...Oregon West Coast IPA
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon zested four cheese pizza, honey dried orange, and pine needle with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of white chocolate covered orange peels, mango-pepper relish, arugula, and hint of wet pine finish. A delicious and flavor packed West Coast style IPA.