The Myth of the IPA

Here is a version of the perpetuated myth of the IPA.  Like any myth the more its repeated the more widely accepted it becomes:
During the late 18th and 19th century India was a colony of the English. England had many sailors and colonists there who needed ales, as ales were a staple of their diets. The temperature in India was too hot to brew beer, so it had to be shipped into the colony from England. Temperature fluctuations and rough seas on the journey from London to India, proved to be too much for traditional English ales and porters to withstand. They would often arrive to India flat and sour. Another problem was the traditional dark ales and porters from England which were well suited for the climate of London, were not very desirable to the folks of the Indian sub-continent region. Hot and humid did not mix well with the dark ales of the home country and as a result of the combination of spoilage and taste preference, a brewer by the name of George Hodgson started experimenting with malts and hops to create a beer that was lighter in body to suit the hot climate and bitter in taste to fight off spoilage. Hodgson was successful in his endeavor and had the market in India cornered for nearly 30 years, but he was a greedy SOB and eventually his business practices lost favor with the merchants of India. Around the time Hodgson was loosing favor, another English brewer, Samuel Allsopp started sending his version of an IPA to India, which the locals actually preferred to Hodgson’s version. Allsopp’s beers exceeded the clarity, hopping rate, and marketability of Hodgson’s.
For national IPA day the Brewluminati challenges you to enlighten yourself.  Open your All Seeing (Eye) PA

~ by brewluminati on August 4, 2011.

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