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BJCP – American IPA
Now my opinions.
Big hops blasting your nose with each smell. One or more notes of floral, fruity or piney.
Light gold to orange. The color is not that important really and a clearer beer is preferred, but homebrew sometimes has a haze to it.
You have to balance the bitterness with the hops and the alcohol. You want this beer to be hop forward. That doesn’t mean that you can’t balance out some malt or sweetness. Don’t interpret that as a reason to use a lot of Crystal though. Keep it simple and let the hops shine.
Crisp and mostly light. A normal level of carbonation.
Overall Impression –
A smooth beer that is relatively dry and let’s the hops be the star of the show. It is a style known for it’s wild levels of bitterness, but usually at an amount that can compliment the other characteristics.
My Favorites –
*ask me on a different day and the top 3 might change, but I’m not turning these down when they’re offered to me.