IPA vs. Pale Ales: Terms Every Beer Lover Should Know

Unless you happen to be a beer expert for the best breweries in Vancouver WA, you might not know the difference between a Pale Ale and an IPA. After all, beer is beer, right?

Not so fast. Here’s a look at the differences between the two:

First of all, What is Pale Ale?

Pale ale is brewed at some of the best breweries in Vancouver WA and it is mostly made with pale malts. This gives the beer an equal malt-to-hop ratio, and it also differs in that the fermentation process is warm. During this process it sits at 59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and when done, it has a lighter color.

Pale ale is an old tradition amongst beers, originating in 1703 England, though in those times, it was a name for beers made with coke. (And, no, not the soda – coke, as in a type of fuel.)

Today, the term pale ale is more of an umbrella term which encompasses IPAs from all parts of the spectrum.

And Now, onto IPA

IPA is an acronym for India Pale Ale. This is another hops style of beer, and some of them have up to 7.5 percent alcohol content. When you consider that most beers have only about 5% alcohol volume, that’s pretty significant. The British are credited for inventing the IPA, but the American-style IPA is quite a bit different as it has been perfected over the years.

Now that you know the difference between a pale ale and an IPA, you can order with confidence. And the best part? There’s no shortage of varieties between the two drinks.

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