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1.30.17

What’s a Belgian India Pale Ale?

A hoppy spin on a Belgian classic or a Belgian spin on a hoppy classic?

Written by Evan Malachosky

Image by Kinsley Stocum

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What makes a Belgian IPA Belgian? What makes french fries French? Uh… maybe not the best comparison.

The Belgian IPA is another form of the India pale ale, inspired by the American and “double” versions but brewed a bit differently.

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Contrary to what the name might have you believe, Belgian IPAs aren’t actually popular in Belgium. What makes an IPA “Belgian” is that during the brewing process, the final yeast strain is Belgian, which gives the beer a crisper, more concluding bitterness and a much drier mouthfeel than other IPA styles. What’s exciting about the style, though, is that it’s very much still in its “testing phase.” The alcohol contents are higher, the tastes are varying, and the brewers are abundant. If you were going to gamble on the next beer “trend,” Belgian IPA might be a safe bet.

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