India Pale Ale Beer Recipes

India pale ale (IPA) is a category of beers with varying levels of prominent hop characteristics. The English IPA is typically more reserved in its hop profile, making it often very similar to English bitters. The American and imperial versions are typically hopped at much higher levels. Learn more about IPA at CraftBeer.com!

American IPA

Pangaea Proxima Polar IPA

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Download the official 1-gallon and 5-gallon versions of Proxima Polar IPA.

This year’s Big Brew recipe comes from Jackalope Brewing Co, which will brew Pangaea Proxima Polar IPA as the official commemorative beer for Homebrew Con, to be held June 18–20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Given that homebrewers from all over the globe will be brewing a version of this beer on May 2, the recipe features ingredients that truly fit the theme of Big Brew.

“We want to use ingredients from all over the world to brew this beer. We decided to use the kveik yeast because what a dream that is for a homebrewer,” said Bailey Spaulding, who is a cofounder of Jackalope and will deliver the Keynote Address at Homebrew Con. “Then we landed on using New Zealand hops for the beer,” she continued, “so the yeast is from an area of the world near the North Pole, and the hops are from an area near the South Pole.”

The beer is named after Pangaea Proxima, which is a theorized future supercontinent that would form 300 million years in the future. “We thought it fit the idea well. Also, we really like the idea of bringing people from around the world together in a time when we are all so separate.”

Quarantine American IPA is an alternative option for Pangaea Proxima IPA.

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Specialty Beer

Tuxedo Speedo Black IPA

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This beer recipe is featured in Amahl Turczyn's "Winner's Circle" in the July/August 2013 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This black IPA from James Frazer and the Labrewtory Homebrew Club (Bedford, Va.) just begs to be brewed. A classic Cascadian dark ale, this recipe won best of show at the Peak-to-Peak Pro Am competition in 2013. Winners of the competition went on to brew their recipes with commercial breweries, and Frazer was thrilled this smooth, bad-ass beer brought the win!

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American IPA

Stone-Faced IPA

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Most of the hops we use for brewing are of the variety Humulus lupulus var. lupulus, but strains of H. lupulus var. neomexicanus, Medusa, has appeared in at least two commercial beers: Sierra Nevada's Harvest Wild Hop IPA and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company's Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale. And the experimental variety HBC 438, now known as Sabro, was made available to homebrewers in 2014.

Stone-Faced IPA is built around Medusa, but any variety of neomexicanus should work just as well and may be easier to source, Sabro in particular. The monks of the Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico grow five other varieties—Chama, Latir, Tierra, Amalia, and Mintras—which have sold out quickly in the past, but more and more farms are devoting acreage to these uniquely North American varieties.

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Imperial IPA

Double White IPA

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

The following homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Jared Hatch. Hatch designed this IPA to make use of some of the citrus fruits native to Korea.

As an avid cook, Hatch enjoys applying things he learns from the culinary world to his brewing. To extract the citrus flavors from the fruit without adding unwanted astringency and vegetal matter, he peeled 20 green tangerines from Jeju (an island off the south coast of Korea), put them in a zip-top bag with dextrose, and removed the air to keep the peels in close contact with the sugar to produce an “oleo-saccharum.” The peels dissolve the sugar and lend their essential oils in the process to yield a syrup that can be added to the boil kettle at knockout.

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German Wheat and Rye Beer

Wry Smile Rye IPA

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This beer recipe is featured in the November/December 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Courtesy of Denny Conn, this rye IPA recipe is sure to end your search for an earthy rye incredibly balanced mouth feel that also boasts strong hop flavor. The spicy rye creates a beautiful color and compliments the bittering hops perfectly.

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India Pale Ale

Mango Maya Milkshake IPA

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Rusty Burrell’s Mango Maya Milkshake IPA won the annual Stone Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally in November 2018. The beer was a crowd favorite during the people’s-choice-style vote, and the Stone team recently replicated Rusty’s recipe at Stone World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. The beer has been on tap in San Diego and Richmond, VA, for several weeks, but it won’t last long! It was also entered into the coveted Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition in 2019.

“The recipe is inspired by a strawberry milkshake IPA that my fellow beer nerd brother-in-law shared with me from Tired Hands Brewing Co. I was blown away by it. Throughout the ensuing months, I drafted up several milkshake IPA recipes using different fruits such as strawberry, blueberry, and peach. My daughter Maya's first birthday was approaching, and my brother-in-law was coming to town for the event; so I knew I had to nail a good milkshake IPA to showcase my skills for him and the rest of the family for the celebration. 'Mango Maya' was the result—mango milkshake IPA with coconut. It was a hit at the party, so I entered it into the Stone Homebrew Competition and won!

"The tropical mango and coconut combination paired with the vanilla and lactose makes for a tasty brew. The hops come through just enough to let you know they are there, but not as much as you'd expect for the amount of hops in the recipe. I've been able to serve this to many folks who've said they don't prefer IPA, or even beer in general!”

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American IPA

“Do You Even Haze Bro?” New England IPA

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Joshua Clark of Littleton, MA, member of the Boston Wort Processors, won a silver medal in Category #17: Specialty IPA with a New England IPA during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Clark’s New England IPA was chosen as the runner-up entry among 475 entries in the category.Read More

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India Pale Ale

Four-Two-Oh NEIPA

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This beer recipe is featured in the September/October 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Recipe courtesy Paul Forgey, People’s Choice, Brew for Good 2019

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India Pale Ale

Briess RoastOat Red

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This beer recipe is featured in the September/October 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Recipe courtesy Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

Briess developed this recipe and served it at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colo., to mark the official launch of Briess Blonde RoastOat Malt. We’ve scaled it to homebrew size so that Zymurgy readers can enjoy this great beer at home!

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