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IPA

India Pale Ale, commonly known as IPA, is one of the most popular and recognizable beer styles in the craft brewing industry. IPA originated in the 18th century in England, where brewers began to add extra hops to their pale ales destined for the Indian market to preserve the beer during the long sea voyage. The elevated hop content not only acted as a preservative but also imparted a unique aroma and flavor profile that became synonymous with the style's trademark bitterness and robust hop character.

Modern IPAs have evolved, and today, there are several sub-styles including English, American, New England, and Double or Imperial IPA. Each sub-style showcases distinct characteristics from their regional hop varietals giving them distinctive flavors and aromas. English IPAs emphasize earthy, floral, and spicy hops, while American IPAs are known for their bold, citrus, and piney notes. New England IPAs focus on tropical fruit characteristics and often have a hazy appearance due to the presence of proteins and yeast. Double or Imperial IPAs have increased alcohol content and intense hop bitterness, making them bolder and more aggressive. IPAs continue to be among the most sought-after beer styles, as their dynamic flavor profiles appeal to a wide range of palates.



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