India Pale Ale Face-Off: Searching for the Best IPA in Seattle

Conceived in England in the late 18th century, the iconic India pale ale has a storied past and a bright future. In the 1700s, beer makers added extra hops during the brewing process; hops was a natural preservative, and kept the beer fresh in the barrels that were shipped from England to the Indian colonies. This gave rounder pale ales a sharper bite and soon enough, the distinctive taste of IPAs became embedded in our culture. The style has lived on ever since.