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Top Ten American India Pale Ales (IPA) Brewed in the United States

This Top Ten List of  American India Pale Ale is from the results of the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup.

1. Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing - California
2. Union Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing - California
3. Drop ‘n Roll - NoDa Brewing - North Carolina
4. Be Hoppier - Wormtown Brewery - Massachusetts
5. Breakside IPA - Breakside Brewery - Oregon
6. Head Hunter IPA - Fat Head’s Brewery - Ohio
7. Citrus Mistress - Hop Valley Brewing - Oregon
8. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing - California
9. Heyoka - Half Acre Beer Co. - Illinois
10. Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery - Michigan

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American India Pale Ale

American India pale ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content. The style is further characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character. Note that “fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character” is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. The use of water with high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer. This pale gold to deep copper-colored ale has a full, flowery hop aroma and may have a strong hop flavor (in addition to the hop bitterness). India pale ales possess medium maltiness and body. Fruity-ester flavors and aromas are moderate to very strong. Diacetyl can be absent or may be perceived at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.060-1.075 (14.7-18.2 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.012-1.018 (3-4.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 5-6% (6.3-7.5%)
Bitterness (IBU): 50-70
Color SRM (EBC): 6-14 (12-28 EBC)

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