India Pale Ale

Can We Do Better Than “IPA?” 

Ben Edmunds, brewmaster at Breakside Brewery in Portland, Ore. (Photo courtesy John Foyston) Earlier this week, I was sitting over

India Pale Ale

The familiar tale of IPA is simple enough: Pale, hoppy beer is ingeniously invented by the Brits specifically to weather

India Pale Ale (IPA)

India pale ales are deep gold to amber in color and are usually characterized by floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop bitterness on the finish. India pale ales were originally brewed by British brewers in the 19th century, when British troops and colonizers depended upon supplies of beer shipped from England. Standard ales did not survive the journey; hence, brewers developed high gravity, highly hopped ales that survived shipment in casks to their largest market, India. This style, probably not anywhere near as bitter as it was when destined for India, continues to be brewed in a toned-down manner in the United Kingdom and is undergoing a mini-revival at present. However, U.S. craft brewers have claimed the style as their own, and often brew it with assertive Pacific Northwestern hop varieties that give such examples a hugely aromatic hop accent.

British and North American Styles

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