Beer Wisenheimer 101: Pale Ale vs. IPA

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Whether you’re already a beer snob and you’ve tried every style under the sun, or you stare in confusion at the menu or beer cooler, BW 101 is here to guide your next brew choice.

Before we dive in, just FYI:
weis·en·heim·er  wahy-zuhn-hahy-mer ]
noun Informal  –  a wiseacre or smart aleck.

Let’s explore the world of Pale Ales and India Pale Ales (IPA). These two are staples in the craft beer scene, each with a unique history and taste profile that caters to various palates.

Pale Ales: The Classic
– Origins: Born in 1700s England, Pale Ales were the stylish answer to the dark ales of the time.
– Body & Color: Sporting a medium body with hues that range from sunny golden to deep amber.
– Taste: Imagine a full-flavored brew that’s friendly on the palate, not too heavy, with an easy malt character.
– Alcohol By Volume (ABV): Moderate drinking at its finest, with ABVs averaging about 4% and 6%.
– Varieties Galore: Pale Ale varieties include the American Pale Ale, British Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, and the refreshing Blonde Pale Ale, to name a few.

Some Pale Ales we distribute include Summit Extra Pale Ale and SweetWater 420.

IPAs: The Hoppy Trailblazers
– Origins: The IPA set sail in the early 1800s, designed to endure the long journey from England to India, thanks to an extra helping of hops.
– Hops Front and Center: IPAs pack a punch with their pronounced hop flavor and a signature bitterness that’s become the style’s hallmark.
– ABV: A bolder brew, IPAs generally hover around 6% to 7% ABV, with some variations scaling much higher.
– Aromatics: Each IPA has fruity notes – think citrus orchards filled with lemons, oranges, and grapefruit.
– The IPA Spectrum:
       – Session IPA: Lighter in alcohol (4%–5%), but not in taste, for those longer sipping sessions.
       – Double/Imperial IPA: A recent ’90s innovation, with ABVs ranging from approximately 7% to 10%.
       – Triple IPA: The pinnacle of hoppiness, Triple IPAs soar above 10% ABV for the brave of heart.

Some IPAs we distribute include Stone IPA, Lift Bridge Hop Dish IPA and Warpigs Foggy Geezer:

College City Beverage is your trusty guide as you navigate the landscape of craft beers, whether unwinding with a classic Pale Ale or exploring the bold flavors of an IPA. Learn with BW 101 and let your taste buds lead the way to your next favorite brew. Don’t get stuck in a beer rut – be open to something new! Cheers to your beer discoveries! 🍺

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