The initials in this craft beer superstar stand for India Pale Ale. When the British were colonizing India in the 19th century, they had a problem. Every time they tried to send beer to the troops in India, it would spoil during the long sea voyage around Africa. To prevent the beer from spoiling, brewers at the time loaded the beer with hops. This highly-hopped ale was able to survive the long trip without spoiling, and the India pale ale was born.
Why Everyone Can Enjoy IPAs
The beverage has continued to be brewed since it was first created by the British, but it took American craft brewers to make this brew a superstar. The hopped-up nature of the ale makes it the perfect backdrop for creating flavorful beers that reward sophisticated palates.
Many people don’t realize that there are many different varieties of hops, and they each have a unique flavor. Many brewers like to put several different types of hops within a single version of an IPA. This creates layers of flavor that make for a complex brew that encourages thoughtful drinking.
Hops are mainly thought of as possessing a bitter flavor, but that is not the only flavor profile they have. In addition to bitterness, hops can have citrus, pepper, floral, fruity, spicy, piney and sweet flavors. This wide range of flavor profiles among the many varieties of hops is why IPAs appeal to people of all different tastes.
With so many different flavor profiles, brewers can use different versions of hops to craft any flavor of ale they want in an India pale ale. You can find IPAs that are sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The deep layers of flavors that can be created in IPAs allow brewers to add many different ingredients to them that will balance the hoppy flavor. You can find IPAs that taste like fresh-squeezed orange juice, green tea, chocolate and many other flavors.
If you want to experience the delights of the hoppy craft beer that is the pinnacle of the beer-drinking experience, you should sample one of the many IPAs on tap at Rock Harbor. We love the complex nature of IPAs, and we have a wide range of India pale ales that will appeal to drinkers of every taste. Whether you are looking for something fruity, super hoppy or simply delicious, you will find a style to delight you at Rock Harbor.