IPA – India Pale Ale

A higher alcohol and hoppier version of a pale ale.  Originally brewed in Britain it was designed to be able to keep for the long sea voyage to India (the alcohol and hops allow it to keep better).  Traditionally, therefore, it’s a British beer style (recipe), but it’s one that has become popular in the US, and has been taken in a whole new direction.  In fact, some American IPA‘s have become where the brewer’s have really pushed the envelope with hoppiness.  The sub styles Imperial IPA and Double IPA (really the same thing) have been created with higher alcohol and hop levels too, and there’s even some brown and dark IPA’s out there.

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