IPA: First off, IPA stands for India Pale Ale; isn’t that a fun trivia fact? Although IPA covers a large grouping of beer styles, IPAs are known for their hops, and for their herbal, citrus, and fruity flavors. IPAs usually have high alcohol levels and can sometimes have a bitter aftertaste. Ales are beers brewed with warm fermentation and results in a sweet full bodied taste.
Pale Ale: Pale Ales can be a hoppier and lower alcohol content relative to an IPA. Pale Ales aren’t as bitter an IPAs and will have a more floral taste. Pale Ales have an extremely wide breadth of types and flavors but are still a milder beer.