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The best thirst-busting IPAs for summer

From sippers to session-friendly guzzlers, there's an Indian Pale Ale for every occassion

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The very varied alcohol levels of IPAs can catch you out, so watch out for higher ABVs

The very varied alcohol levels of IPAs can catch you out, so watch out for higher ABVs

Porterhouse x Minaw DNEIPA

Porterhouse x Minaw DNEIPA

Wicklow Wolf Tundra Tropical IPA

Wicklow Wolf Tundra Tropical IPA

Whiplash Rollover Session IPA

Whiplash Rollover Session IPA

Rascals Yankee White IPA

Rascals Yankee White IPA

Kinnegar Rustbucket Rye IPA

Kinnegar Rustbucket Rye IPA

Wicklow Wolf Tundra IPA

Wicklow Wolf Tundra IPA

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The very varied alcohol levels of IPAs can catch you out, so watch out for higher ABVs

For many beer lovers, the IPA — or Indian Pale Ale — is their gateway into the dizzyingly diverse world of craft beers, with its multitudinous styles, creative brews and seasonal releases. IPA hits a sweet spot of balance between malt and hops character, while having enough of the latter to give it a distinctive aromatic profile that sets it well apart from the blander big-brewery beers that many of us grew up on.

Yet some beer fans remain nervous of dipping into that craft-beer world. The very varied alcohol levels (denoted by the ABV, or Alcohol by Volume) can catch you out if you’re on the session, and the sometimes extreme levels of hops bitterness of some IPAs can be an acquired taste. Then there’s all the different styles, even within a category like IPA — it can be hard to get your head around English IPAs and American IPAs, and where Irish IPAs stand between the two, never mind the speciality sub-categories like White or Black IPAs, Double or Session IPAs, and so on.


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