IPA stands for India Pale Ale. As the story goes, the drink earned its name during the British colonial era. It was too hot and humid to brew beer in India, but the British sailors still needed a drink. So they devised a heavily hopped beer (hops are a preservative) that could survive the months-long journey from the British Isles to India. The first recorded instance of an IPA being used to describe a beer was in an 1829 advertisement in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser.
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