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Old 09-08-2009, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Anything better than a REALLY good HB IPA??

Don't get me wrong, I love a wide variety of styles - porters, stouts, ambers, pale ales, bitters, wit, hefe, etc.

And until recently, I wasn't much of a fan of highly hopped beers. I'm not sure what happened, but I've been experimenting with IPAs a lot recently. I've sampled just about every commercial version I can find and I've brewed a few myself.

This last one I brewed is simply fantastic. I've really liked a lot of my beers, and I've had many great compliments about how good some of them were. But this one... wow! I've been busy lately and haven't had much to drink. Last night I drew a pint of my IPA that's been in the keg for 6-8 weeks now. Solid malty backbone, just the right amount of initial bitterness, and a nice lasting hop flavor. I'm not the best at describing beer, but it truly was great. I've brewed a lot of beer, but this was definitely the pinnacle of my homebrewing to date.

Sorry if this sounds braggy. I don't mean it to be. I know many of you make beer that I'm sure is just as good and worthy of praise. I just wonder if anyone else out there has had a similar experience with one of the homebrews - maybe it was with a different style. Anyway, here's to my IPA and fantastic homebrew that you can truly be proud of.

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Old 09-08-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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My favorite HB ever was a double IPA. It was a little complex with late sugar and hop additions. I don't know if I can repeat!

It recently took 3rd in a local contest... meh

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Old 09-08-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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my biggest problem is I drink my ~6.5-7% abv homebrew like it's a session APA

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I agree with you. I prefer HB IPAs because they are fresh. You might be able to get a commercial IPA at the perfect time, but with HB, you know crack open the bottle when it is at the height of flavor and aroma.

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Whenever you drink a homebrew that is at it's peak it is amazing.

that is the great thing about homebrew. when it reaches it's peak, you know it, and you can call buddies and all drink that beer on the day when it is at its pinnacle.

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my biggest problem is I drink my ~6.5-7% abv homebrew like it's a session APA
Haha, yeah that'll get you in trouble fast!
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That's definitely my favorite beer in the world- a homebrewed IPA.

Mine is pretty high octane, too, to balance out some of the hops a little. But oh, is it GOOD!

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I brewed an IPA for my Dad. I hated IPAs at the time but that beer turned me and a friend onto the style and have been in love ever since. That beer took second out of 51 in a comp.

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My two favorite homebrews are IPAs.

One is a 7.1% that is reminiscent of a DFH 75min and the other is exactly the same except I double my 10, 5, and F.O. additions to make it a more citrisusy version. Just tapped the more citrisusy one that has aged for 2 months now and I feel like I was Jan Wolfhaus and just sipped the secret recipe Schnittsingiggle for the first time. 10 gallons of this will last me until November at the very least.

I would like to enter both in a contest (If I dont procrastinate like I did this year.) and I would really be surprised if one of them didn't place.

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Short answer... Nope!

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