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
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of orange oil, pineapple, mango, cannabis, and apricot with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, long juniper, cranberry, and pine finish. 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
Light gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of juicy apricot, white grapefruit zest, and fresh cut grass with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of key lime zest, hints of cherry, and kumquat. Elegant, floral hop character delights in this sophisticated IPA.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal
Wayne Gretzky Hazy IPA
94 points
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Ale
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.
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.
Damm Brewery Complot IPA
90 points
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.
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Hazy IPA
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of juicy Seville orange, ripe mango, ruby red grapefruit, and southern biscuits with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-long finish. A bold and food-friendy IPA with a juicy sensibility.
Wild Range IPA
89 points
Bright old gold color. Hoppy aromas of dried mango, orange marmalade, herb scone, and rosewood with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length dried fruit and nut press, grapefruit pith, rosemary, and pinewood finish. A bold IPA with a classic American profile.
Merchants Keep IPA
87 points
Best Buy
Minutely hazy light amber color. Aromas of fruit loops cereal, mango smoothie, and hints of fresh herbs with a crisp, spritzy, dry medium body and a warming, brisk fresh citrus and endive finish. Balanced bitterness and a fruity profile; a good crowdpleaser.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy