A dummies guide to the IBU from the Malt Minute

by 7 years ago

Given that it’s American Craft Beer Week, and American brewers have been on race to the top of the IBU mountain for the past couple years, it seems like a good time to learn exactly what that means.

IBU is a term many have heard time and again and just sort of nodded and grabbed the beer with the cool label. It’s actually a pretty useful tool when you are looking to try something new. Aside from style, it’s probably the easiest indicator of the overall picture of a beer. If you don’t like bitter beers, stay low. If you love them, aim high. Obviously that’s not rocket science, but it’s at least a starting point.

Unless you reeeeeeaaaally love hops and bitterness, I’d stay as far away from Mikkeller 1000 IBU. Just trust me on that one.


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