English IPA

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English IPA (India Pale Ale) is a very strong, highly hopped pale ale originally made for export to India.


English IPA was brewed as an extra strong pale ale with a lot of hops that was originally designed to survive the long trip from England to the colonies in India. The high alcohol and hop rate helped preserve the ale.


Medium maltiness, medium body, dry, with some bready/biscuit flavor. Evident English hop flavor and aroma. Color from golden amber to light copper. No oak flavor. Med to Med-high carbonation. Strong, bitter ale originally a pale ale for export to India. High alcohol and hop rate was to preserve beer during the long trip from England. Highly attenuated during the long trip.


  • Color Range: 8.0-14.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.050-1.075 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.010-1.018 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 40.0-60.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 5.0-7.5 %
  • Carbonation Range: 2.2-2.7 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 14 A


  • Well modified English pale malt
  • English hops
  • Complex english yeast with fruity or sulfur/mineral profile
  • High sulfate but low carbonate water in many variations


  • Freeminer Trafalgar IPA, Hampshire Pride of Romsey IPA, Samuel Smith's India Ale, Fuller's IPA, Shipyard Fuggles IPA, Goose Island IPA

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