Stepping into a beer shop, bar, craft brewery, pub or restaurant, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t see multiple selections of IPAs to choose from. In the craft beer world, IPAs reigns supreme, and their hop-forward goodness takes up most of the beer market.
Beer ultimately comes down to just four ingredients—hops, grains, yeast and water. What differentiates IPAs from other beers are the hops. The hops selected by the brewer play the largest role in determining the flavor profile of the final outcome. IPA hop flavors typically range from floral, fruity and citrusy to more earthy and piney flavors. A brewer can choose to add different ingredients such as fruits, spices or sugars to alter the flavor and texture further.