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

Wayne Gretzky Hazy IPA
94 points
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Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced mangos, pineapple-zucchini bread, and cannabis cookie with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying notes of grapefruit marmalade on rye and mixed peppercorns. A spot-on IPA with plenty of delicious, juicy, and quenching hop flavors to offer.
Full Sail Brewing Co. West Coast Style IPA
94 points
Gold color. Aromas of peach chutney, onion roll, and grapefruit marmalade with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long grapefruit zest, gentian, bitter greens, whole wheat bread, and cracked peppercorns finish. A classic West Coast IPA that satisfies hoppy cravings with richness and aplomb.
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River Hazy IPA
93 points
Cloudy golden yellow color. Aromas of dried mango, passion fruit pastry, and seville oranges with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length peach fritter, savory herb focaccia, wheat crackers, and rapini finish. A balanced and complex IPA with a satisfying chewiness; great fruity, juicy character is balanced by a strong malty backbone.
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.
Damm Brewery Complot IPA
90 points
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Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of braised escarole, wheat germ, crushed coriander, onion blossom, and dried sour orange peels with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish. A savory and balanced IPA with a bold bitter finish; will appeal to culinary-minded drinkers for thoughtful pairings.
Carolina Brewery American IPA
90 points
Pale amber color. Citrusy, clean, hoppy, inviting aromas of orange oil, pine sap, black currants, and bruised green onion with a soft, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, short orange glazed bread, fresh cut grass, pencil shavings, and dial soap finish. An IPA packed with aromatics but easy on the bitterness for those new to the style.