« on: June 20, 2014, 10:21:46 PM »
There's a lot of overlap in the two styles, but I generally consider less caramel, higher OG, and higher bitterness (1:1 or even higher BU:GU) to be more representative of IPA and lower gravity, lower bitterness (.66:1 BU:GU) and a bit more caramel & ester presence to be more representative of APA. This is just in general as there are always exceptions that still fit.
The thing I don't really like so much is the recent emergence of those cloying, over-caramelly, over-hopped "India Amber Ales" (my name for them, I've never actually seen one named like that, but that's what they all taste like). Blech.