About English Style IPA

About English Style IPA
English style IPAs are deep gold to amber in color and fall between 5-7% in alcohol. They are characterized by classic English hop aromas and a drying 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. This style, probably not anywhere near as bitter as it was when destined for India, continues to be brewed in a toned down manner in the UK and is undergoing a mini-revival at present. This style can be brewed anywhere, as long as English malt and hops are featured. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Meantime India Pale Ale, Sam Smith’s India Pale Ale, Goose Island India Pale Ale and Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale.

Top Picks for English Style IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Commodore Perry IPA
94 points
Clear pale medium old gold color. Aromas of melon rind, light molasses, pickled ginger, and mango with a silky, petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length rye crusts, apricot jam, endive salad, and honey nuts finish. A generously delicious and satisfying semi-traditional English style IPA with lots of great flavor and texture to offer.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Rams Head IPA
83 points
Clear golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of smoked cheese, grilled romaine and citrus, and lit cigarette paper with a supple, lively, effervescent, light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of grilled root vegetables and grapefruit, pepper, rapini, and orange tea finish. A very bitter brew for hopheads.