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2014 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 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Union Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing - California
2. Be Hoppier - Wormtown Brewery - Massachusetts
3. Holy Humulus IPA - Big Island Brewhaus - Hawaii
4. Project Dank: Operation Pharoah’s Return - La Cumbre Brewing - New Mexico
5. Johnny Hash - Sweetwater Brewing - Georgia
6. Head Hunter IPA, Fat Head’s Brewery, North Olmsted, OH
7. Pallet Jack IPA - Barley Brown’s Brew Pub - Oregon
8. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
9. Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO
10. Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI

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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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