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Old 01-28-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Does Anyone Else Dislike Hops?

For many years now, it seems the "cool crowd" has leaned towards IPA's, double IPA's, and other highly hopped beers. I've tried everything under the sun, and I just don't like hoppy beer. In fact, when brewing at home, I don't necessarily care for the smell of fresh hops. (I don't dislike the smell, but it's not overly-appealing to me)

I guess I'm in the minority, but I just don't like hops. Give me a big malty beer with low level hops, and I'm good.

Anyone with me?

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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To each their own. I could down a 6 pack of DFH 60 Minute IPA, or Wild Rose IPA without issue, but my dad has a problem with the bitterness and hoppiness. While 60M is the top selling beer for DFH, Velvet Fog and Wraspberry Ale are by far Wild Rose Breweries top two.

To me, an IPA is an obviously unique beer style, and interesting in that it is easy to get wrong and hard to get right, but a good IPA is well balanced in bitterness, aroma. I've had overly bitter as well as overly aromatic, but trying out others interpretation of an IPA tends to be half the fun. I also would classify myself as a "hop head" too. But as I said in my initial sentence, "to each their own".

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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Indeed, I am a malt man myself. The majority of my brews are all browns, porters, stouts, barely wines. But I wouldnt go as far as to say I hate hops! I do love IPA's. Just not as much as stouts.

(There is tons of these threads, people arguing about malt or hops).

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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Agreed. To each their own. I'm just surprised at the unusual looks and comments I get when I tell someone I don't like hops. I have nothing against hop heads, I just wish they would join me for a low-level hopped brown ale!

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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It may be genetic. One night my son told me he was going to 'stick' me with a bitter beer he didn't like. It was a Leffe! I could taste the hops, but I didn't find it bitter. Overall, I prefer malty beers. I'm not starting to lean towards mashing high for the malt flavor and adjusting the FG with some invert sugar.

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:10 PM   #6
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Did you ever think that maybe hops dislike YOU?

Maybe you should try an extending an olive branch. Then the bines can catch on and grow all over it.

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:14 PM   #7
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I enjoy a good IPA from time to time, but my prefered taste is on the malty side.

I Just brewed up a scotish ale that I was able to crack into this week. It was my favorite creation yet! almost no hop detection at all, just all sweet, malty goodness! It was divine if I do say so myself

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:16 PM   #8
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I bet you like hops and don't even know it. Hops at a minimum balance the sweet unfermentables. Your "non-hoppy" beer that you like probably has some bitterness on the front end you do not appreciate or recognize. Bet your favorite beer would be pretty thick sweet without some hops.

Might be wrong, but .......

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:46 PM   #9
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I guess I'm in the minority, but I just don't like hops. Anyone with me?
No. Get out of here.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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I wouldn't say I "hate" hops. I'll try IPA's from time to time, but never realyl choose them. My limit is about at SNPA. I actually am slightly bothered by them when I am brewing, which has always made me wonder if I am slightly allergic to them.

My favorite styles of beer are Vienna LAger and Dopplebock, so my preference is plainly obvious.

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