Belgian IPA is a hoppy beer style with a rather high alcohol by volume. The origin of IPA beer (India Pale Ale) seems hard to determine. Some sources explain the name as pale ale as prepared for India, India ale or pale export India Ale. This beer type was first brewed in England and exported for the British troops in India during the late 1700s. To withstand the voyage, IPA's were basically Pale Ales that were much more malty, boasted a higher alcohol content and were well-hopped, as hops are a natural preservative. Historians believe that an IPA was then watered down for the troops, while officers and the elite would savor the beer at full strength.