India Pale Ale

Stylistically Speaking

India Pale Ale

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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.
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