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ThreeTaps 06-09-2010 03:34 PM

Wanted: A big beer that's not to hoppy
 
I'd like to make a big beer (10% + ABV) that's low on the hops, even lower than an IPA. More like a oatmeal stout or a common porter. Can this even be done without an increase in hops to offset the alcohol? I'm hoping that by increasing the other flavors of the beer, the alcohol can be toned down taste-wise, but every recipe I see simply has too much hops for my liking, leading me to believe that hops is the only thing to get the job done.

claphamsa 06-09-2010 04:06 PM

you NEED the hops to balance out the malt. however there are some that can get up there, check out a wee heavey... I made one that was 10% and had 1 OZ hops in it :)

ThreeTaps 06-09-2010 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by claphamsa (Post 2102723)
you NEED the hops to balance out the malt. however there are some that can get up there, check out a wee heavey... I made one that was 10% and had 1 OZ hops in it :)

Thanks! I'll check it out.

wildwest450 06-09-2010 04:42 PM

One word, two syllables- Dopplebock. Malty sweet deliciousness!

SpanishCastleAle 06-09-2010 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by wildwest450 (Post 2102795)
One word, two syllables- Dopplebock. Malty sweet deliciousness!

Two syllables...but only after a few Dopplebocks. Three otherwise.:p

This and the Wee Heavy are great choices imo.

EricCSU 06-09-2010 04:57 PM

And English Barleywine might work too.

Eric

Mirilis 06-09-2010 05:01 PM

You can look into Old Ales (10% is a touch too big though) 9% is better for one.

Homercidal 06-09-2010 05:08 PM

Barleywine might be possible. I like the idea of the wee heavy though.

A belgian Golden Strong can also be lighter on the hops.

Many of the Big Beers are aged enough to allow the hops to mellow and drop out.

claphamsa 06-09-2010 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by SpanishCastleAle (Post 2102816)
Two syllables...but only after a few Dopplebocks. Three otherwise.:p

This and the Wee Heavy are great choices imo.

mmmm doppel... however is a lager....

Beernip 06-09-2010 10:02 PM

+1 for the English Barleywine


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