If you guessed India Pale Ale, then you guessed right! The India Pale Ale originated in the late 1700s when England began to colonize India. It is rumored that the very first IPA was created by George Hodgson of East London’s Bow Brewery, which was heavily involved in the East India Company. At the time, neither beer nor still water could survive the grueling journey around the cape of Africa without spoiling. And so the IPA was born! How you may ask? With the help of booze and hops!
Because alcohol and hops both boast preservative qualities, IPAs tend to be higher in alcohol and bitterness. Hops impart three things: flavor, aroma and bitterness. Three different flavor profiles include citrus, pine and flower. A great example of a citrus-y flavored hop would be citra, which is used in our Melt Away Session IPA. This is a great example of an American Style IPA, which is characterized by the use of American grown hop varieties such as citra, columbus, chinook, cascade, simcoe, amarillo and more.
In more recent years, IPAs have taken the beer industry by storm. Their spike in popularity can be attributed to four main factors; it tastes good, they are advanced, they have flavor and are backed by science! So get out there and try some IPAs, see what you like, learn about hop varieties and enjoy an age old style!