IPAs are everywhere. Of all the craft beer styles on shelves today, the India Pale Ale — however you want to define it — is the most visible. Like it or not, hops have defined craft’s recent surge. A common complaint I hear from non-craft drinkers is, “This beer is too hoppy.” That complaint against bitterness keeps new drinkers away from some of these beers and also serves to lump them all together. “I don’t like IPAs”, some of my friends say.
Despite a meandering definition of the style as beer evolves, this column is a noted fan of IPAs. The two beers pictured represent two very different takes on one. For you hardcore beer geeks chasing that next whiff of hops, they also represent a pair of relatively rare offerings to seek out if you’re weary with the options at your local store.