Originally Posted by Keninishna
Its interesting, my friend was telling me originally india pale ale was so hoppy in the first place because it was beer being shipped to india. I'm guessing this was to preserve the beer or maybe it was the fact that the hops faded over time. According to wikipedia though some IPAs are aged over a year before shipping.
That's correct, I think the thing with IPA's is that people discovered them before they were shipped to India and discovered that they really liked the super hoppy pale ale. I would imagine that when IPA were originally being brewed to ship to the troops in India, that by the time they arrived, the hop aromas had pretty much faded.
And aging an IPA is a matter of personal taste. Personally I prefer my IPA's as young as possible, however there are those who like the hop aromas to fade before they drink them and claim you can't get the same beer by just brewing a less hoppy pale ale. The aging of IPA's, or even beer in general, seems to be a topic with lots of varying opinions, but if you like your beer aged or fresh I say just drink it how you like.