I just looked up the letter IPA and there are so many different meanings for those letters you can't imagine. I believe that people can't talk with out a few Acronyms thrown into their sentences to confuse us old people.
I know this post isn't about beer but I had to throw it out there.
Now I'm going to have to print out that sheet about Acronyms so I can understand what in the hell everybody is saying about nothing.
India Pale Ales were originally pale ales which had been hopped above and beyond the levels of normal pales. During the period of the British raj, these ales were shipped to India and became a favorite of Tommy Atkins while eh was stationed there and, of course, he brought his taste for the extra hops home with him. The IPAs were heavily hopped in order to help preserve them during the long, slow and often hot, voyage from England to India. Humulin, one of the active ingredients of the hop, is an excellent preservative.
I have a bit of a problem with the recently introduced "dark" IPAs. Wouldn't a dark IPA become an IDA?