How much alcohol is in an IPA?

Answered by Bill Hernandez

When it comes to the content in an (India Pale ), the average ABV (alcohol by volume) typically stays at or below 7%. However, there is a style of IPA known as a double IPA or DIPA, which tends to have a higher alcohol content. A double IPA will generally fall within the ABV range of 7-10%.

Now, let's dive deeper into what makes a double IPA different from a regular IPA. a double IPA is a delicate balancing act between adding and . While hops are responsible for the aromatic and flavors in , malt provides sweetness and body. In a double IPA, the brewer must strike a harmonious equilibrium between these two elements.

Contrary to what one might expect, a double IPA's higher alcohol content does not necessarily mean it will have an excessively strong taste or an overwhelmingly high IBU (International Bitterness Units) level. The bitterness in a double IPA can still be well-balanced and enjoyable, despite the increased alcohol content.

The higher ABV in a double IPA can bring about a bit more warmth and depth to the beer. It can also contribute to a slightly fuller mouthfeel. However, this doesn't mean that every sip of a double IPA will taste like a boozy punch. Skilled brewers are able to create double IPAs that remain balanced and drinkable, even with the higher alcohol content.

It's worth noting that the specific alcohol content of an IPA or double IPA can vary from one brewery to another. Each brewer has their own recipe and brewing techniques, which can result in different levels of alcohol in the final product. So, if you're seeking a specific alcohol content in an IPA, it's best to check the label or reach out to the brewery directly for accurate information.

In my personal experience as a sommelier and brewer, I have enjoyed a wide range of IPAs and double IPAs with varying alcohol contents. While some double IPAs can showcase a more pronounced alcohol presence, others can surprise you with their smoothness and drinkability. It's always exciting to explore the diverse flavors and characteristics that different breweries bring to the table when it comes to IPAs and double IPAs.

The alcohol content in an IPA typically stays at or below 7% ABV, while a double IPA will range from 7-10% ABV. The higher alcohol content in a double IPA doesn't necessarily mean it will have an overpowering taste or excessively high IBUs. Skilled brewers can create well-balanced double IPAs that showcase the desired hop flavors and malt sweetness, while still maintaining a pleasant drinking experience.