It's the first Thursday of August, so that means it's National IPA Day.
To celebrate, we've found four interesting factoids about India pale ales – America's most popular craft beer style – to share with you. Cheers!
IPAs accounted for about 25 percent of the craft beer volume in 2016, according to the Brewers Association. And it looks like it'll stay that way, with CraftBeer.com saying more breweries than ever are making them. To read more about the American IPA, click here.
That's how many different IPA styles are defined by the Brewers Association. They include: English-Style India Pale Ale; American-Style India Pale Ale; Session India Pale Ale; and Imperial or Double India Pale Ale. This chart explains a little bit about how each style of IPA tastes:
(Note: New England IPAs aren't currently defined by the Brewers Association. Read more about hazy beer here.)
That's how many different America IPAs were entered into the Great American Beer Fest in 2016 – the highest of any other beer category. There are other kinds of IPAs too, like the Imperial IPA, which had 211 entries. That category got the second most entries at last year's fest.
IBUs are kinda bull
IBUs – the measurement of how bitter something is – has been closely associated with IPAs, with the idea that the higher the IBUs, the more bitter a beer is.
But that's not really the case – something can have really high IBUs, but not taste very bitter. That's why the beer industry is looking to find a better measurement for how bitter something tastes, Keigan Knee, the head brewer at Modist in Minneapolis, told GoMN.
To learn more about this, click here or watch the video below.
Looking for a hoppy Minnesota beer to try? Here's a list of some pretty tasty summer beers for you to celebrate National IPA Day.