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Old 01-09-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Anybody else not a big fan of highly hopped beers?

Let me clarify...

I like hops. I like to taste hops in beers where it's appropriate, however I'm just not a huge fan of highly hopped beer styles.
I've tried as many of the critically acclaimed highly hopped beers but none of them really did it for me. (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Stone Arrogant Bastard etc.)

I enjoy all kinda of beer though.....stouts, Belgian Abbey beers, Wheat beers, Lagers, English Pale Ales etc.

Anybody else have similar opinion?

agree? disagree?

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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I've never thought of Sierra Nevada as being highly hopped.

That said, what your tastebuds like are going to vary from everyone else. I'd say stick with what you know you enjoy, and skip the rest. I know I'm not a huge Arrogant Bastard fan, but give me a Pliny, Green Flash West Coast, or a Ballast Point Sculpin any day. I love hops.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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well i am not a fan for sure of hops, but what i can tell you is that for me it is an aquired taste. I once bought 2 6'ers of some IPA, well when I was at about beer 5 or 6, over a few days, I was quite enjoying them. So the moral is you'll have to drink about 12 to know for sure. I here the same thing about the apfelwein, which I am just itchin to brew.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:43 PM   #4
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Personally I disagree, but I can see why some people don't like hoppy beers. It can also be an acquired taste as well. The first time I had a standard IPA I thought it was hoppy, now I can say that I haven't had a beer that is too hoppy for me.

Not liking a particular beer style is fine, and if you've tried more than one or two hoppy beers and don't like them still, then I would agree that hoppy beers are not your thing.

I personally am not too big on excessively sour beers.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:44 PM   #5
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I always drank the more highly hopped beers with the notion that they are an acquired taste. I just never acquired a liking for them. I've had many of those beers too.
Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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Blaspheme, everyone must love hops!!!

I think there are a few brewers around here that don't like hoppy beers though hop heads are more common. I like a wide range of styles from the most highly hopped IIPA to light and malty Milds and Roasty Stouts of all types. However I don't care for the so called Lawn mower beers of blonde ales, pale lagers or wheat beers.

Beer has plenty of variety to satisfy nearly any taste.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:48 PM   #7
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I can definitely see how many of these beers are highly regarded but my taste buds just don't enjoy them as much as they enjoy some other beers I drink.
I actually bought a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada Pale and a 6 of the Celebration to see how I'd like them. And while I've finished both 6 packs, I just never fell in love with either.
Again, not putting down any particular beer, just wondering if other people have similar tastes and just curious about what everyone has to say.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:49 PM   #8
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Hoppy beers are like spicy food.

First time may knock you on your @ss.

Next time not so much.

Net thing you know...any bowl of chili without a healthy dose of habanero chilis is lame.

My first six pack of SNPA...had one bottle. The remainder sat there for three days. Had a second bottle. Next day...finished the six pack.

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I'm not a big fan of them - a nicy fruity/not too dry, heavily hopped ale is ok on a hot summer day though. I mostly stick to brown ales, porters, stouts and German lagers.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:51 PM   #10
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I'm very eclectic in my beer drinking...I even like the sour Gueuze and Lambic beers that many people don't care for. There's just something about highly pronounced hop beers. I almost get a weird headache because of the hops (Stone Arrogant Bastard for example)

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