IPA’s were developed by British troops who were stationed in India. High levels of alcohol and hops were needed to keep unwanted organisms from entering the beer during their long voyages. Other factors that contribute to IPA’s are the oak barrels they were shipped in, the rocking of the sea, changes in temperature and long period of yeast activity. Demand for the IPA soon become overwhelming in England and the “India” was dropped from the name but the features remained the same.
IPA’s can mean a variety of different things depending on where they are originally from. In the UK they typically have a lower ABV (around 3.5%) and a balance between the malt and hops; while in the USA they are anywhere from 5-8% ABV and a more powerful hop flavor. They possess a medium to high maltiness with a fruity aroma from the yeast.
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