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|BJCP 2015 Guideline American IPA
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American
pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop
varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean
fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting
malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine.
Color ranges from medium gold to light reddish-amber.
Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions
may be a bit hazy. Medium-sized, white to off-white
head with good persistence.
A prominent to intense hop aroma featuring one or more
characteristics of American or New World hops, such as
citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit,
berry, melon, etc. Many versions are dry hopped and can
have an additional fresh hop aroma; this is desirable but not
required. Grassiness should be minimal, if present. A low to
medium-low clean, grainy-malty aroma may be found in the
background. Fruitiness from yeast may also be detected in
some versions, although a neutral fermentation character is
also acceptable. A restrained alcohol note may be present,
but this character should be minimal at best. Any American
or New World hop character is acceptable
Hop flavor is medium to very high, and should reflect an
American or New World hop character, such as citrus,
floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry,
melon, etc. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness. Malt
flavor should be low to medium-low, and is generally clean
and grainy-malty although some light caramel or toasty
flavors are acceptable. Low yeast-derived fruitiness is
acceptable but not required. Dry to medium-dry finish;
residual sweetness should be low to none. The bitterness
and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not
be harsh. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted.
Medium-light to medium body, with a smooth texture.
Medium to medium-high carbonation. No harsh hop-derived
astringency. Very light, smooth alcohol warming not a fault
if it does not intrude into overall balance.