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

Fremont Brewing Head Full Of Dynomite Hazy IPA V.33
98 points
A balanced, sumptuous Hazy IPA.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - 2022 Best American Style IPA & Best of Show
Fremont Brewing Lush IPA
95 points
Elegant, floral hop character delights in this sophisticated IPA.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal
Wayne Gretzky Hazy IPA
94 points
A spot-on IPA with plenty of delicious, juicy, and quenching hop flavors to offer.
Awards: 2021 Best Ale
Full Sail Brewing Co. West Coast Style IPA
94 points
A classic West Coast IPA that satisfies hoppy cravings with richness and aplomb.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River Hazy IPA
93 points
A balanced and complex IPA with a satisfying chewiness; great fruity, juicy character is balanced by a strong malty backbone.
El Segundo Brewing Co. Mayberry American Style IPA
92 points
A bold, bitter and balanced modern AIPA that satisfies.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Elsewhere Brewing Company Viridity American Style IPA
92 points
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Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal
Damm Brewery Complot IPA
90 points
A savory and balanced IPA with a bold bitter finish; European style will appeal to culinary-minded drinkers for thoughtful pairings.
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Hazy IPA
89 points
A bold and food-friendy IPA with a juicy sensibility.
Wild Range IPA
89 points
A bold IPA with a classic American profile.