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What’s the Difference between an IPA and a Pale Ale?

400px-Fuller's_IPACraft beer has surged in popularity over the past few years. There has been a surge of craft breweries opening up around the nation and there are many different varieties to try. There are many types of craft beer so how do you know which variety you will like? Two of the most popular types of craft beer are a Pale Ale and an IPA (India Pale Ale). So, what’s the difference between these two?

Pale Ale

Pale Ale’s are one of the most popular types of craft beer. The “pale” term comes from the lighter malts that it is made of. The color of a pale ale tends to be a coppery-gold like color. A Pale Ale tends to have an average to low malt taste and an equal “hoppy” taste. Pale Ales also tend to have a citrusy taste from the added hops.

IPA (India Pale Ale)

An IPA is a hoppy style of beer that has a higher alcohol content than other craft beers. An IPA was born because brewers needed to keep beer fresher longer on their voyages from England to India. So, they added hops to preserve the beer better. You will be able to taste the “hops” on your tongue and you may notice a spicy, bitter, earthy taste.

Both of these types of beer are easy to drink. If you are just beginning to try craft beers, we recommend starting with a pale ale. An IPA tends to have a distinct taste and a higher alcohol content.

Do you have a question about a style of craft beer? Stop in to our store and talk with our friendly, helpful staff. They would love to help you pick out a new beer to try from our expansive selection of craft beer!