logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Beer and Brewing Site

BellaOnline's Beer and Brewing Editor

g

What are IBU's ?


Question: What are IBU’s and why should I care?
R. H., Kingston, New Hampshire, USA

Answer: IBU stands for International Bittering Unit - the scale used to measure hop bitterness in beer. An IBU is one part per million of isohumulone, an acid derived from hops. If you like the very bitter “bite” of the “Extreme Beers,” a higher IBU would be an indication of that snap.

A General IBU Guide:
Ales
Pale Ale / Amber Ale – 20-50 IBU
India Pale Ale – 40-60 IBU (this would have quite a bitter bite)
ESB, aka Extra Special Bitters – 28-40 IBU
English Brown Ale – 20 IBU
Porter – 20-40 IBU
Irish Stout – 30-60 IBU (can be quite bitter, depending on signature)
Barleywine – 50-100 IBU (power punch!)

Lagers
American Pale Lager – 10-15 IBU
Pilsner – 25-45 IBU
Bock – 20-30 IBU

Back to "Ask the Beer Fox."

Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States
- Read more about hops and the culture that surrounds them

Mikasa Brewmaster's Varietal Glasses, Set of 4 - If you have been looking for beautiful serveware for your beer, you have found it! This variety of glasses will suit your needs, whether drinking pilsner, weissbier, stout or Belgian Ale.


Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Twitter Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Facebook Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to MySpace Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Del.icio.us Digg What+are+IBU%27s+%3F Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Yahoo My Web Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Google Bookmarks Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Stumbleupon Add What+are+IBU%27s+%3F to Reddit




A Beer Fox Guide to Hops and Beer
Ask the Beer Fox - What Are Noble Hops ?
Beer and the Vegan Diet
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Beer and Brewing Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Carolyn Smagalski. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Carolyn Smagalski. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Carolyn Smagalski for details.

g


g features
Q&A Fun for Philly Beer Geek Geniuses

Yeast Wranglers

What's Your Beer Mood ?

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor