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What is an IPA and why is it so Popular?

Author: Category: Pairings Date: 2015-03-02 09:32:22
Indian Pale ale is one good example of beer made from hops (female flowers of the hop plant) within the wider category of the Pale Ales (PAs). The 1st time the word "Indian Pale Ale" was used was when it was advertised inside the magazine "Sydney Gazette & New South-Wales Advertiser" in the year 1829. Indian Pale Ale (IPA) sometimes was referred to the India-Ale, pale India Ale, pale ale prepared for India, or sometimes was known as pale export-India ale.
Indian Pale Ale (IPA) is higher in alcohol and hoppier (contains more hops) than Pale Ale (its brother). It also has a citrus flavor with hop aroma, all balanced perfectly with an exquisite malt character making it one of the best selling and highly respected IPAs in the country. With a crisp and an extra "hoppy" brew, this beer is extremely refreshing especially on a hot day.

A Brief History of IPA (Indian Pale Ale).

In early 1700s, the British citizens and Troops who were living in India during India's colonization period had no access to the superb British Ale and any attempts to ship the ale to India were not successful due to the risk of it spoiling. Concocting an Indian Pale Ale (IPA) was the perfect solution. With a generous amount and level of hops in the beer, it protected it from the intense heat of the day and movement of the sailing ship at sea during voyages (from England to India) which sometimes lasted for several months for the British soldiers to go without tasting even a pint of beer. There is a common misconception that Indian Pale ale beer style was invented intentionally/ purposefully and specifically for the voyage traveling to India just because the soldiers that were in Calcutta became homesick and thirsty. This is just but a myth and it should be dispelled.
What are the Active Ingredients of this Product?
Indian Pale ale (IPA) is traditionally brewed with English malt, yeast and hops. It contains lots of pale ale and also a little crystal malt which gives this beer enough malt sweetness to maintain the demanding hops. Mostly English hops have been traditionally used but some breweries in America prefer to use local hops varieties such as cascade to give Indian Pale ale a "citrusy" flavor. The huge mass of hops flavor in this kind of beer makes it a tougher beer compared to other beers. The BJCP guide style for the year 2008 places the Original Gravity (OG) of the beer between 1.050 to 1.075. The flavor profile for Indian Pale Ale has been dominated with several hop additions. This gives the beer an International Bittering Unit (IBU) range of between 40 to 60 IBU. This beer also has a Final Gravity (FG) of 1.010 to 1.016 and this is possible because of highly attenuating yeast.
The color of Indian Pale ale is similar to other varieties of pale ales which is golden to deep-copper color which varies between 8 to 14 SRM for completely processed beer. Moderate carbonation is used for this beer though some English pale ales are lightly carbonated. What are some Pros of Indian Pale Ale? 1. It is an ideal average beer. 2. This beer can be preserved for a long duration before it spoils (can be store up to six months). 3. It has a quality kit and has a "hoppy" taste which the hop lovers will enjoy while drinking this beer. 4. This beer is easy to make and does not require a lot of processes. What are some Cons of Indian Pale Ale? 1. Some may find Indian Pale Ale to have a bitter and bad taste.