The title kind of says it all...
yes, this is about hops..hoppy..bitter..all in the name of joy..
a 2 part articles about IPA..the most basic idea of what it is about..
drinkers in China and some other parts of mandarin speaking cities gave IPA a Chinese translated name which sounded like India "tambi"( little brother) ---( only if you understands Tamil language)
Hops seems to be the only reason why IPA is created and so delicious( of course this is not true!or maybe only the half truth.,)
If you have never tasted an IPA---do not associate IPA with black coffee with no sugar or for that matter Chinese medicated bitter tea...It is NOT.