The contested definition of "IPA"
  • C_BC_B
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    GET OUT OF MY THREAD!

    But surriously this needed to go somewhere else because this debate will rage on.
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  • ThymThym
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    Hops
    Use Time OZ Hop Variety AA » IBU
    FWH 20 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 13.3
    boil 20 min 1.75 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 23.3
    boil 15 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 10.9
    boil 5 min 2 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 8.8
    boil 1 min 3 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 2.8

    59.1 IBU

    no comprende
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    Hops
    Use Time OZ Hop Variety AA » IBU
    FWH 20 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 13.3
    boil 20 min 1.75 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 23.3
    boil 15 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 10.9
    boil 5 min 2 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 8.8
    boil 1 min 3 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 2.8

    59.1 IBU

    no comprende


    What? The 11.5 is the AA of the hops and the last number is the IBUs from that addition.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Hops
    Use Time OZ Hop Variety AA » IBU
    FWH 20 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 13.3
    boil 20 min 1.75 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 23.3
    boil 15 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 10.9
    boil 5 min 2 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 8.8
    boil 1 min 3 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 2.8

    59.1 IBU

    no comprende


    What? The 11.5 is the AA of the hops and the last number is the IBUs from that addition.


    59.1 IBU IPA... it's like a 13 SRM porter..
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Hops
    Use Time OZ Hop Variety AA » IBU
    FWH 20 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 13.3
    boil 20 min 1.75 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 23.3
    boil 15 min 1 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 10.9
    boil 5 min 2 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 8.8
    boil 1 min 3 Centennial ~ leaf 11.5 » 2.8

    59.1 IBU

    no comprende


    What? The 11.5 is the AA of the hops and the last number is the IBUs from that addition.
    59.1 IBU IPA... it's like a 13 SRM porter..

    . It's actually about 70+ IBUs. The first wort hop is calculated at 20 minutes so the calculation is skewed.
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  • ThymThym
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    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Lakewood said:


    59.1 IBU IPA... it's like a 13 SRM porter..



    quiet you.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    malt is king!
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:


    59.1 IBU IPA... it's like a 13 SRM porter..



    quiet you.

    Ha!

    malt is king!


    yes.
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  • C_BC_B
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  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos. Any minute now Fry should pop in and tell me that no way does 59 IBUs constitute an IPA.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos.


    correct.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    yup
  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos. Any minute now Fry should pop in and tell me that no way does 59 IBUs constitute an IPA.


    It's just a pale ale. But that's ok, you're new here.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    59 doesn't constitute an IPA though.

    next week i am going to make an english bitter, it's gonna be 8% abv, lots of black patent malt and have 98 ibu's.....that make sense to everybody.
  • ceanntceannt
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    59 doesn't constitute an IPA though.

    next week i am going to make an english bitter, it's gonna be 8% abv, lots of black patent malt and have 98 ibu's.....that make sense to everybody.



    no
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  • BenSBenS
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    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos. Any minute now Fry should pop in and tell me that no way does 59 IBUs constitute an IPA.


    It's just a pale ale. But that's ok, you're new here.


    59 IBUs is most definately an IPA. Just because hop heads have destroyed their palate over the years, doesn't mean they are correct. Hop addiction seems to be the worse addiction.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • C_BC_B
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    BenS said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos. Any minute now Fry should pop in and tell me that no way does 59 IBUs constitute an IPA.


    It's just a pale ale. But that's ok, you're new here.


    59 IBUs is most definately an IPA. Just because hop heads have destroyed their palate over the years, doesn't mean they are correct. Hop addiction seems to be the worse addiction.


    Finally someone with some sense.
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  • ThymThym
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    BenS said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    Lakewood said:

    Why is the FWH calcuated at 20min?



    because the actual 'measured' ibu value is much higher than the perceived bitterness.

    This seems to be the 'consensus' among people who know more than I do.

    I think we have a thread on it...


    Exactly, so don't claim 70 ibu when it is 59.


    That's your problem? You hop head wackos are all, well, wackos. Any minute now Fry should pop in and tell me that no way does 59 IBUs constitute an IPA.


    It's just a pale ale. But that's ok, you're new here.


    59 IBUs is most definately an IPA. Just because hop heads have destroyed their palate over the years, doesn't mean they are correct. Hop addiction seems to be the worse addiction.


    The bud light of ipas ;)
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Funny thing is ..... what we call an IPA ....
    Is like calling the HP copier a xerox machine ... or calling the giant brand tissues Kleenex .....
    The only beers still made today that can legitimately be called an India Pale Ale are both less than 60 IBU ..... one of em is more like 45
    The IPA is less a style ... and more a function of who it was made for and where it was shipped .... and unless it was made for brit soldiers and sent by sail to India ... it ain't an IPA
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I have long thought that EPA (extreme pale ale) would be a more fitting name ... but somebody already used the letters ....
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    I have long thought that EPA (extreme pale ale) would be a more fitting name ... but somebody already used the letters ....



    double pale ale.
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  • ThymThym
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    ceannt said:

    Funny thing is ..... what we call an IPA ....
    Is like calling the HP copier a xerox machine ... or calling the giant brand tissues Kleenex .....
    The only beers still made today that can legitimately be called an India Pale Ale are both less than 60 IBU ..... one of em is more like 45
    The IPA is less a style ... and more a function of who it was made for and where it was shipped .... and unless it was made for brit soldiers and sent by sail to India ... it ain't an IPA



    All true. But irrelevant. If it doesn't make your tongue shrivel up and die its not an ipa. Love live the hops!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenSBenS
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    Lakewood said:

    ceannt said:

    Funny thing is ..... what we call an IPA ....
    Is like calling the HP copier a xerox machine ... or calling the giant brand tissues Kleenex .....
    The only beers still made today that can legitimately be called an India Pale Ale are both less than 60 IBU ..... one of em is more like 45
    The IPA is less a style ... and more a function of who it was made for and where it was shipped .... and unless it was made for brit soldiers and sent by sail to India ... it ain't an IPA



    All true. But irrelevant. If it doesn't make your tongue shrivel up and die its not an ipa. Love live the hops!


    Ha! Good quote.

    ceannt
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  • ceanntceannt
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    The whole concept of an IPA is to end up with a perfectly balanced drinkable beer after extended aging at often high temperatures and near constant motion
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Age is the keyword ......

    For a brewer to say "drink it young" is the exact opposite of the style ..
    Kinda like saying the same thing about an Old Ale
    And indeed... most American IPAs are undrinkable under those conditions
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I like a good hoppy beer too .... but most American commercial brewers have no understanding or respect for the amount of skill it takes to make a REAL IPA
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  • ThymThym
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    ceannt said:

    I like a good hoppy beer too ..... but all I'm saying is don't say something isn't an IPA .. when what you are comparing it to is 180 degrees off the mark



    The definition has changed over the last century. What is is not what was and what was no longer is.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    More like the last 20 years ..... and inappropriately
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  • ceanntceannt
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    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....
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  • ThymThym
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    ceannt said:

    More like the last 20 years ..... and inappropriately



    I don't make the rules. I just enjoy this one.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    ceannt said:

    The whole concept of an IPA is to end up with a perfectly balanced drinkable beer after extended aging at often high temperatures and near constant motion


    do't forget to cut it with water too, unless you're royalty of course.

    that was part of the style.
  • BenSBenS
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    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    Huh? Imperial implies alcohol content/original gravity compared to the 'original' version of the beer, not who it was brewed for.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    BenS said:

    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    Huh? Imperial implies alcohol content/original gravity compared to the 'original' version of the beer, not who it was brewed for.


    According to unimaginative commercial brewers yes .... and only very recently.
    Technically only appropriate for a RIS
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  • ceanntceannt
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    ceannt said:

    The whole concept of an IPA is to end up with a perfectly balanced drinkable beer after extended aging at often high temperatures and near constant motion


    do't forget to cut it with water too, unless you're royalty of course.

    that was part of the style.

    Or lemon juice :)
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  • ThymThym
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    BenS said:

    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    Huh? Imperial implies alcohol content/original gravity compared to the 'original' version of the beer, not who it was brewed for.


    Ceannt is recalling the definition from his childhood, when a RIS could only be brewed for a Russian Czar.
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  • ThymThym
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    ceannt said:

    ceannt said:

    The whole concept of an IPA is to end up with a perfectly balanced drinkable beer after extended aging at often high temperatures and near constant motion


    do't forget to cut it with water too, unless you're royalty of course.

    that was part of the style.

    Or lemon juice :)

    Tis needed to ward off scurvy
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  • BenSBenS
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    ceannt said:

    BenS said:

    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    Huh? Imperial implies alcohol content/original gravity compared to the 'original' version of the beer, not who it was brewed for.


    According to unimaginative commercial brewers yes .... and only very recently.
    Technically only appropriate for a RIS


    Yea, but it was still because of strength.
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  • ThymThym
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    BenS said:

    ceannt said:

    BenS said:

    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    Huh? Imperial implies alcohol content/original gravity compared to the 'original' version of the beer, not who it was brewed for.


    According to unimaginative commercial brewers yes .... and only very recently.
    Technically only appropriate for a RIS


    Yea, but it was still because of strength.


    And its damn goodness
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    The use of the word "imperial" drives me nuts too ..... the Czars ain't around any more to brew for ....



    export. even though it won't be.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    and on the cranky old man tangent, i hate the term 'double' ipa, pale, etc.

    nothing is doubled!!
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    and on the cranky old man tangent, i hate the term 'double' ipa, pale, etc.

    nothing is doubled!!


    actually, compared to c-doobies IPA's, i make several that are double that.
  • ThymThym
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    @C_dubbs Haha, I was going to split this tonight. But it looks like you beat me to it.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Once again I have created a beer that I've labeled an IPA incorrectly. Not because you hop/crack heads think you are so relevant to the beer industry that you've actually changed the definition of IPA, but because I am using American ingredients and it more closely matches an APA.
    Oh, and I'm adopting Kenny as my dad.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    @C_dubbs Haha, I was going to split this tonight. But it looks like you beat me to it.


    I almost did that on my phone earlier, as annoying as that would have been....
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  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    Once again I have created a beer that I've labeled an IPA incorrectly. Not because you hop/crack heads think you are so relevant to the beer industry that you've actually changed the definition of IPA, but because I am using American ingredients and it more closely matches an APA.
    Oh, and I'm adopting Kenny as my dad.



    I assume he has so many kids that he won't notice one more.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    C_B said:

    Once again I have created a beer that I've labeled an IPA incorrectly. Not because you hop/crack heads think you are so relevant to the beer industry that you've actually changed the definition of IPA, but because I am using American ingredients and it more closely matches an APA.
    Oh, and I'm adopting Kenny as my dad.



    Too late ... I have already adopted all you guys .. (good chance some of you may even be biological)
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Interesting note .....
    The first American IPA ... the one that opened the door ... the first hop bomb made with the first of the new varieties of north American hops (ok it's tame by today's standards) did not market it as an IPA ... and doesn't have those letters on the label .... they simply called it Liberty Ale
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Without the success that Anchor had with it ..... I seriously doubt that any of the modern IPAs would exist today ... well ... the whole craft beer industry would not exist .....
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Without Anchor's model .... Sierra Nevada would not have opened in 1980.... and the flood that followed .......
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    AIPA FTW!!!
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    C_B said:

    Once again I have created a beer that I've labeled an IPA incorrectly. Not because you hop/crack heads think you are so relevant to the beer industry that you've actually changed the definition of IPA, but because I am using American ingredients and it more closely matches an APA.
    Oh, and I'm adopting Kenny as my dad.



    Too late ... I have already adopted all you guys .. (good chance some of you may even be biological)


    i'll stick with uncle kenny. to avoid the fist fight at the fam reunion.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    ceannt said:

    C_B said:

    Once again I have created a beer that I've labeled an IPA incorrectly. Not because you hop/crack heads think you are so relevant to the beer industry that you've actually changed the definition of IPA, but because I am using American ingredients and it more closely matches an APA.
    Oh, and I'm adopting Kenny as my dad.



    Too late ... I have already adopted all you guys .. (good chance some of you may even be biological)


    i'll stick with uncle kenny. to avoid the fist fight at the fam reunion.


    Ha!
    that'll work
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  • jlwjlw
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    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?
  • C_BC_B
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    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.
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  • jlwjlw
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    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.


    :))
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    jlw said:

    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.


    :))


    yeah, this.

    CB's just a crotchety old man complaining about change.
  • C_BC_B
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    jlw said:

    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.


    :))


    yeah, this.

    CB's just a crotchety old man complaining about change.


    ONLY THE CHANGE I DON'T LIKE!
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.


    Pretty sure I moved out of reality a while back, However, I do agree with this. It's like an arms race, but with hops.
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  • ThymThym
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    Evan_B said:

    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    Did someone mention an IPA should wreck your pallet?


    No. A normal IPA should just be stronger than a pale ale. This palate wrecking crap is where all this started from. Just because some of you think an IPA should start around 100 IBUs and have zero malt doesn't make it so. The rest of us will live in reality.


    Pretty sure I moved out of reality a while back, However, I do agree with this. It's like an arms race, but with hops.


    winning.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Ok… Ima get this off my chest and shut up……
    I’m not upset due to change…. I’m upset because of misleading, false, erroneous marketing.
    The IPA is a somewhat obscure, highly specialized, distinct style of beer in the family of Pale Ales. (NOTE: until 1980 Pale Ale was NOT a separate style, it was a family of styles that the malt profile was primarily dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt…. As opposed to Amber Malt, Brown Malt, or dominated by Roasted Malts)

    The IPA is a Pale Ale intended to be aged for an extended period of time under harsh conditions. Period. The level of hops is NOT what made it distinct enough to warrant it becoming a new style… the hop levels are simply a result of the processes (note the plural) that are necessary to achieve the goal of AGE.

    What is now known as the American IPA…. Is a beer in the family of Pale Ales intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hopped with the new varieties of genetically engineered hops developed in the Pacific Northwest of North America…….
    Should not this new bright style, so different than anything that came before, be deserving of ITS OWN NAME???????
    It is not an “Americanized” version of an IPA…. It is as close to being the polar opposite of an IPA as you can get, and still be in the family of Pale Ales….. Like calling Bud Light a Dopplebock (they are both Lagers right? What’s the difference?”


    IF, due to lack of imagination, this wonderful new style had to be called an “American” version of anything…. There is another style (or group of styles) in the Pale Ale family that fits far better…
    A beer intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hoped!!! (sound familiar) At one time this beer style was actually hopped to the point of stupidity….. starting around 1850 and up to around 1890… the tax on hops was lifted, hop farms sprang up all over the southeast of England, and hops were cheap, abundant… and brewers took advantage of it. I’m talking, do the math, spend half a day converting units, and you get like 280 IBUs….
    This style is the Bitter.

    “American Bitter” would have been a far more appropriate name for the new style.
    But, some pimply faced, pencil necked geek with a degree in marketing said “You can’t use BITTER in a name! it will never sell!!!” Looking down the list of Pale Ales, the wimbly nerf-ball saw the words “India Pale Ale”… and said, “now that sounds exotic, that will sell!”
    So this is just another sad, pathetic example of the stupid, ignorant masses allowing corporate America to define their vocabulary.

    Never attribute to malice, that which can adequately be explained by stupidity.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    but pale ale wasn't a style because it was (and still is) a very generic "catch all" style. if we are going to apply such rigorous structure to one style, then why not all of them.
  • ceanntceannt
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    but pale ale wasn't a style because it was (and still is) a very generic "catch all" style. if we are going to apply such rigorous structure to one style, then why not all of them.



    I used pale ale in reference to the "family" of styles .... I didn't use it to reference what has become the "entry level" beer that it has become .... there are many Pale Ales ... all are different enough to warrant distinct styles classification .... if the malt profile is dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt ... it be a Pale Ale.
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  • BenSBenS
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    I like it. The next American IPA I make (the only IPA worth making), I'm going to name it American Extra Bitter.

    (NOTE: until 1980 Pale Ale was NOT a separate style, it was a family of styles that the malt profile was primarily dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt…. As opposed to Amber Malt, Brown Malt, or dominated by Roasted Malts)


    I always kinda thought everyone was joking about how old you were, but if you remember 1980 like it was yesterday I have a few questions about your service during the Korean War.
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  • BenSBenS
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    Or better yet, Extra Bitter American, in honor of you ceannt.

    Thym
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  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 53,828
    BenS said:

    I like it. The next American IPA I make (the only IPA worth making), I'm going to name it American Extra Bitter.

    (NOTE: until 1980 Pale Ale was NOT a separate style, it was a family of styles that the malt profile was primarily dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt…. As opposed to Amber Malt, Brown Malt, or dominated by Roasted Malts)


    I always kinda thought everyone was joking about how old you were, but if you remember 1980 like it was yesterday I have a few questions about your service during the Korean War.


    Hahahaha ....... I was old enough to legally drink in 1980
    It was my daddy that served during the Korean conflict though
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  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 88,616
    BenS said:

    Or better yet, Extra Bitter American, in honor of you ceannt.



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  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 88,616
    ceannt said:

    Ok… Ima get this off my chest and shut up……
    I’m not upset due to change…. I’m upset because of misleading, false, erroneous marketing.
    The IPA is a somewhat obscure, highly specialized, distinct style of beer in the family of Pale Ales. (NOTE: until 1980 Pale Ale was NOT a separate style, it was a family of styles that the malt profile was primarily dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt…. As opposed to Amber Malt, Brown Malt, or dominated by Roasted Malts)

    The IPA is a Pale Ale intended to be aged for an extended period of time under harsh conditions. Period. The level of hops is NOT what made it distinct enough to warrant it becoming a new style… the hop levels are simply a result of the processes (note the plural) that are necessary to achieve the goal of AGE.

    What is now known as the American IPA…. Is a beer in the family of Pale Ales intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hopped with the new varieties of genetically engineered hops developed in the Pacific Northwest of North America…….
    Should not this new bright style, so different than anything that came before, be deserving of ITS OWN NAME???????
    It is not an “Americanized” version of an IPA…. It is as close to being the polar opposite of an IPA as you can get, and still be in the family of Pale Ales….. Like calling Bud Light a Dopplebock (they are both Lagers right? What’s the difference?”


    IF, due to lack of imagination, this wonderful new style had to be called an “American” version of anything…. There is another style (or group of styles) in the Pale Ale family that fits far better…
    A beer intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hoped!!! (sound familiar) At one time this beer style was actually hopped to the point of stupidity….. starting around 1850 and up to around 1890… the tax on hops was lifted, hop farms sprang up all over the southeast of England, and hops were cheap, abundant… and brewers took advantage of it. I’m talking, do the math, spend half a day converting units, and you get like 280 IBUs….
    This style is the Bitter.

    “American Bitter” would have been a far more appropriate name for the new style.
    But, some pimply faced, pencil necked geek with a degree in marketing said “You can’t use BITTER in a name! it will never sell!!!” Looking down the list of Pale Ales, the wimbly nerf-ball saw the words “India Pale Ale”… and said, “now that sounds exotic, that will sell!”
    So this is just another sad, pathetic example of the stupid, ignorant masses allowing corporate America to define their vocabulary.


    Well said. Here Here!
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  • ThymThym
    Posts: 121,967
    C_B said:

    ceannt said:

    Ok… Ima get this off my chest and shut up……
    I’m not upset due to change…. I’m upset because of misleading, false, erroneous marketing.
    The IPA is a somewhat obscure, highly specialized, distinct style of beer in the family of Pale Ales. (NOTE: until 1980 Pale Ale was NOT a separate style, it was a family of styles that the malt profile was primarily dominated by the characteristics of Pale Malt…. As opposed to Amber Malt, Brown Malt, or dominated by Roasted Malts)

    The IPA is a Pale Ale intended to be aged for an extended period of time under harsh conditions. Period. The level of hops is NOT what made it distinct enough to warrant it becoming a new style… the hop levels are simply a result of the processes (note the plural) that are necessary to achieve the goal of AGE.

    What is now known as the American IPA…. Is a beer in the family of Pale Ales intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hopped with the new varieties of genetically engineered hops developed in the Pacific Northwest of North America…….
    Should not this new bright style, so different than anything that came before, be deserving of ITS OWN NAME???????
    It is not an “Americanized” version of an IPA…. It is as close to being the polar opposite of an IPA as you can get, and still be in the family of Pale Ales….. Like calling Bud Light a Dopplebock (they are both Lagers right? What’s the difference?”


    IF, due to lack of imagination, this wonderful new style had to be called an “American” version of anything…. There is another style (or group of styles) in the Pale Ale family that fits far better…
    A beer intended to be consumed young, at the peak of hop freshness, and aggressively hoped!!! (sound familiar) At one time this beer style was actually hopped to the point of stupidity….. starting around 1850 and up to around 1890… the tax on hops was lifted, hop farms sprang up all over the southeast of England, and hops were cheap, abundant… and brewers took advantage of it. I’m talking, do the math, spend half a day converting units, and you get like 280 IBUs….
    This style is the Bitter.

    “American Bitter” would have been a far more appropriate name for the new style.
    But, some pimply faced, pencil necked geek with a degree in marketing said “You can’t use BITTER in a name! it will never sell!!!” Looking down the list of Pale Ales, the wimbly nerf-ball saw the words “India Pale Ale”… and said, “now that sounds exotic, that will sell!”
    So this is just another sad, pathetic example of the stupid, ignorant masses allowing corporate America to define their vocabulary.


    Well said. Here Here!


    meh.

    The american IPA "branding" is more about the "dry hop" usage and than anything else. But in the end it's just a name some folks associated with a "new" style of beer.

    And yes, I know post fermentation hop additions were done to cask served beers of all types and styles...

    But the IPA was the one were they really loaded it such that it could keep through the months of storage in adverse conditions.

    And as far as bitters go there is a big difference between the hop and malt profile of a bitter, esb or whatever and an American IPA. You could call the American or West Coast IPA something else, but don't call it a bitter. There are lots of examples of Bitters out there, and they are nothing like the IPAs, and personally I don't care for them. They are pure IBU, no flavor, no aroma and usually malty as hell.

    The "traditional" English IPA is all but extinct. If you want to resurrect the style have at it, but in reality, the old definition of the style is dead. RIP
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  • ceanntceannt
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    In part I agree .... Bitters too have changed a lot ... and not for the better. Since WWI the emphasis has gone more towards IBU .. and the heavy handed FWH and late additions have been left behind. It didn't help when most breweries were bought out by a huge corporation either .... A good example of this is Bodingtons... just 15 or 20 years ago it was an entirely different beer .... its crap today
    I also agree that the IPA is a pretty much extinct style. I just find it sad that instead of the name being revered as a monument to the exceptional mastery and skill of the art of brewing .... it has been completely forgotten and associated with something totally different.

    If I was a hop head fanatic ... I would be just as offended that the new style wasn't considered worthy of having a unique name of its own .. and seriously .... it is a style more than deserving of a name as unique as the beer itself
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  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
    Posts: 90,298
    This reminds me. I need to bottle that batch of dark IPA lager, I guess I won't dry hop it.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 49,693

    This reminds me. I need to bottle that batch of dark IPA lager, I guess I won't dry hop it.



    dry hopping for 8 months is not recommended.
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  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
    Posts: 71,622

    This reminds me. I need to bottle that batch of dark IPA lager, I guess I won't dry hop it.



    Is that a Cascadian Dark Ale, or a Black IPA?


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    C_B

  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
    Posts: 90,298

    This reminds me. I need to bottle that batch of dark IPA lager, I guess I won't dry hop it.



    dry hopping for 8 months is not recommended.


    I though it was if I was going for a real Indian Pail Ale, but as I"m starting with a American Dark Lager I don't think it matters.
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  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
    Posts: 90,298
    Yup, I killed it. TK fo' life!
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  • ThymThym
    Posts: 121,967

    Yup, I killed it. TK fo' life!



    good work
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 49,693
    ban him.
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  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 53,828

    Yup, I killed it. TK fo' life!



    Ha! Wrong .... this thread ain't dead ... its merely brooding in silence .....
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  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
    Posts: 90,298
    ceannt said:

    Yup, I killed it. TK fo' life!



    Ha! Wrong .... this thread ain't dead ... its merely brooding in silence .....


    HA! well put Kent-a-reno.

    I'm bottling my dark IPA lager right now... well I'm taking a beer break right now. It's truly one of the best beers I've ever had (other than it being warm and flat). I wish I had something less stupid to call it... also some light dry hopping would have been good.
    "I don't have TP, but I do have ammo."
    -Some guy in Ohio