The story goes that British brewers added more hops to Pale Ale to improve its shelf life. But many people doubt whether this story is actually true. It’s not hard to imagine that culinary motives might have played a role. Hops add a pleasant fruity and bitter taste to the beer, which will appeal more to most beer lovers than an extended shelf life.

This hopped beer is called IPA, which is short for India Pale Ale. It’s a reference to the British colony to which large quantities of the beer were shipped in the nineteenth century.

IPA is the most consumed special beer in the United States. American brewers have used local hop varieties to create a wide spectrum of interesting IPAs. American hops give this beer a typical citrus flavour. The aroma is strong and fruity. IPAs normally have an ABV of around 6%.