What is an IPA Beer? If you’ve ever had an IPA, you know they can not be both weak and bitter. Here are the basics.
What Does IPA Stand For?
IPA stands for India Pale Ale. India played a significant role in the development of IPA, as we’ll see in a moment. It’s not the nation that invented the brew, however.
How Was IPA Invented?
IPA was supposedly devised by the British during their efforts to colonize India. Again and again, the beer they sent their troops failed to survive the sea voyage all the way around the cape of Africa. Extreme temperatures and prolonged storage without the advantages of refrigeration were less than perfect conditions for transporting beer. As a result, it kept spoiling on the trip. The British had two tools to work with: alcohol and hops. Both these work as preservatives. Based on legend, it was George Hodgson of East London’s Bow Brewery who eventually created the first IPA. It was bitter and alcoholic, but it could make the long ocean trip.
Breweries sprung up in more locations. Refrigeration was invented. The initial hurdles IPA was created to clear were no longer an issue. IPA has stuck around, nevertheless. It has even gathered its own pack of diehard enthusiasts.
An abundance of hops characterizes the IPAs we encounter now. Several varieties of hops may be used at different times through the entire brewing procedure. Flavor, odor, and bitterness affects. IPAs often smell like pine, citrus, or blossoms.
There are three primary styles of IPA made today. They are American-style, English-design, and Double or Imperial. There are also plenty of sub-styles, including Belgian White IPAs, and Black, Hybrid, Wheat. Each fashion and sub -style has its own characteristics. In addition, many craft breweries have created their own unique spins on the classic. This proliferation means there’s loads of variety in what falls under the IPA label now.
Modern IPAs often have ABVs (alcohol by volume) between 5.5 and 7.5 percent. They go well with strongly flavored foods, including grilled meats, spicy curries, and salty dishes. You’ll know what we mean if you’re already an IPA buff. We encourage you to do so if you’d like to attempt an IPA. Simply be aware that many who adore this style of beer admit it can be an acquired taste!