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IPA Week (or so) on Year of Beer

February 21, 2010

Over the next eight days, I’ll be sampling eight different IPAs (India Pale Ales), a style known for its hop-forward flavor.  Just as in the hip-hop world of music, there is an East Coast vs West Coast rivalry in the hip-HOP world of brewing when it comes to IPAs.  In general, West Coast IPAs are known for being more aggressively hopped, for having higher IBUs (International Bitterness Units), and for a more “in-your-face” and on-your-palate hop presence.  Of course, these are just generalizations, and both highly hopped and well-balanced examples of the style appear on both coasts (and in the middle as well).  Here are the beers I’ll be sampling in the days ahead:

In the epic battle between coasts, who will prevail?  Drink along with me, feel free to share your thoughts in the “Comments” section, and let your taste decide.




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