DEFIBRILLATOR DOPPELBOCK TURNED OUT GREAT! in Basic Recipes Posted March 11, 2015 I agree. The IPA story is mostly myth. Beer didn't need to be strong to survive the journey to India, and IPAs were not particularly strong for the time: they were only about 6% to 6.5% ABV. Certainly by the 1760s brewers were being told that it was “absolutely necessary” to add extra hops to beer if it was being sent to somewhere warm. But this was not limited to India. Here's a good article on the truth about the origin of IPAs:http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/the-origins-of-ipaI dug these up a few months ago: The British Trade Journal and Export World, Volume 19 ( c. 1881)Pale ale, or, as it was first termed, "India Pale Ale"...The fact is indisputable and undisputed that the inventor of the healthy and invigorating drink once known as "India Pale Ale" was a Mr. Hodgson...and at one time no other malt liquor was drunk...in Calcutta. All the year round (A Weekly Journal conducted by Charles Dickens c. 1890)The cause of all the commotion...was East India Pale Ale, and many strange tales have been told of it's origin...a consignment of beer sent out in a cloudycondition, which, after travelling round the world, came back...in a conditionso excellent, bright, and sparkling... The Law Reports: Chancery Division, and on appeal therefrom in ..., Volume 18 ( c. 1880)...to sell to them only a kind of bitter ale, known in the trade as "I.P.A.", ...This beer was retailed by publicans as "Pale Ale"... Household Words, Volume 7 (conducted by Charles Dickens c. 1858)...ordered his butler to bring a bottle of India Ale which had been to India and back..."There, sir," conculded Sir John. "That's the true legend of pale ale..."