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The IPA Through the Ages

“While British brewers regularly made the style that would become the IPA by the early 1800s, the first printed codification (in the Liverpool Mercury) as “India pale ale” didn’t come until 1835. By this time, the prevailing style of “India pale ale” was an evolution of the strong and somewhat sweet Burton Pale Ale, singular thanks to the local gypsum-spiked water (which, thanks to elevated levels of calcium sulfate, gave the beer a drier, more bitter flavor). When Russian tariffs banned British imports to the Baltic, then a major Burton Pale Ale market, the East India Company tapped Burton brewers to replace London-based Bow Brewery, whose greediness led the importers to end the arrangement.”

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The IPA Through the Ages