I never get tired of trying any and all IPA’s on the market. They come in all shapes and sizes and are one of the only styles that is constantly evolving and spawning new versions of the original British brew. I think it’s important to visit all of the different version because each one has a special something that makes it interesting and unique. I believe this is why IPA still tops the charts as the most drank craft beer style in North America. For instance, as I write this Town Square has 4 different IPA styles on tap and will almost always have a minimum of 2 at any given time.
Let’s take a look at some of the different versions of the IPA, I will try and always use Alberta examples for these in case you want to go out and support your local brewery trying a new to you style! I will perfect that I am going to add the IBU amount in my posts however I am not on board with using this calculation anywhere other than in recipe creating, more on this in a future post.
ABV 5% – 7.5% | IBU Range 40 – 60 | AB Commercial Example – Bangalore Torpedo IPA, Two Sergeants
I’ll be honest I couldn’t think of an Alberta brewer making a true English IPA off the top of my head. This style of IPA has fallen out of favour with brewers for more citrus, fruity and juicy style IPAs. These brews will tend to be more malt forward with a malty sweetness and focus on British hops which are more floral and earthier.