December 29, 2020 | By Brian Hatheway | Art by Alicia Fitzmaurice
American IPA is the style that defines the American Craft Beer movement. It’s the most popular style on taplists across the country and accounts for 70% of shelf space in the craft beer retail market. With as many haters as it has fans, it’s also the most polarizing style in the modern beer world. American IPA is defined by the hops used to make it, and how those hops are used during the brewing process. The style depends on a balance of hops’ characteristic bitterness, bold juicy flavors, and pungent aromatics. But what are the different hops that define thus style and where do they all come from? Click image for larger version.