Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer

Shelf Talker by | Nov 2016 | Issue #118

Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer
by Joshua M. Bernstein
September 2016 | Sterling Epicure, $19.95

We’ve come a long way since those “never bitter beer face” Keystone Light commercials from the ’90s. The IBU arms race dominated the IPA narrative for a while, but then the category spawned so many new styles that “IPA” was on the verge of becoming a nebulous term. Thankfully, Joshua M. Bernstein has captured the ever-expanding family tree in his third book. Beyond the classic English and American styles, Bernstein indexes standout beers by grain, color, and strength. Fringe categories like “yeast-driven” and wood-aged get a nod, too. We’re reminded that Odell IPA was one of the first examples driven by grapefruit and pine, and are left wondering why Brown IPA never quite took off. Bernstein includes fun facts, like how to pair food with an IPA (hint: eat something fatty before sipping). And rest assured, there’s a checklist at the end so you can chart your own exploration of this still-evolving style.