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Are IBUs misleading when it comes to dry-hopped beers?

Photo courtesy Draft

Photo courtesy Draft

“Why does this matter? Dry hopping is a huge tool in the movement among some breweries toward more aromatic, less bitter IPAs. It’s also an increasingly popular subset of sour beers (see: Grimm Rainbow Dome, Almanac Simcoe Sour and other dry-hopped sours), which are especially problematic in terms of IBU measurement for reasons I’ll explain in a bit. Plenty of beers are dry-hopped, even when the label doesn’t advertise that. So, some researchers say, if IBUs aren’t accurately describing those beers’ bitterness, we should probably stop talking about them as a bitterness measurement and work toward a better quantification.”

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Are IBUs misleading when it comes to dry-hopped beers?