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Beer Styles # 50 – Imperial India Pale Ale

Craft Beer Storm

10/23/19 • 7 min

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Imperial India Pale Ale
-Color – Gold to copper
-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Haze created by dry hopping is allowable at any temperature.
-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low to High
-Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma and flavor is very high. Hop character should be fresh and evident, derived from any variety of hops. Hop flavor should not be harsh.
-Perceived Bitterness: Very high but not harsh
-Body : Medium to full
-Additional notes: This style of beer should exhibit the fresh character of hops. Oxidized or aged character should not be present.
-ABV: 7.6%-10.6%
-Glassware: Pint Glass
Examples from GABF Winners List 2019
Gold Medal: Double Cone
Alvarado Street Brewery Salinas CA
9.3% ABV
Notes from Brewery: “Hop Bomb” would be cliché to describe this beer. It goes way beyond that – intense aromas of pineapple, freshly crushed gooseberry, orange pith and the whole spectrum of “dank” blast through the glass. That’s what you get with nearly five pounds per barrel of Nelson, Mosaic, and Citra hops.
Silver Medal: Westbound Double IPA
Westbound and Down Brewing Co. Idaho Springs CO
9.3% ABV
Notes from Brewery : We did not hold back on this DIPA. A ludicrous amount of Vic Secret, Galaxy, Mosaic, and Cryo Mosaic hops pack big aromas of tangerine, blueberry, papaya, and other tropical fruits. Even with all of those hops you do get a nice sweet biscuit malt profile, that ends in a clean dry finish.
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