« on: November 16, 2011, 09:35:16 PM »
From what I've read/researched, if we're talking IPA's an American IPA's gonna be way more bitter. It's generally a higher hopped IPA. Imperial is that higher hopped but also has a higher alcohol content and malt which balances it better. That's why people who don't like American might like Imperials.
Original topic was imperials not IPAs. Imperials were not holly beers. Originally they were a stout with amped up ABV brewed especially for the Russian hierchy. Again look at what I copied and pasted from Wikipedia. Now imperial is a marketing term usually just meaning the beer is high ABV for the style.