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Old 01-29-2010, 01:18 AM   #1
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About 1 month ago I thought IPAs were horrid. After some prodding by my brother, who is a huge Victory Hop Devil fan, I finished a 6er of Hop Devil. By the third one the shock was gone. I would never even consider drinking a beer over 30 IBU. Now I find myself buying Stone Ruination and savoring every drop. Delicious! Am I becoming a HopHead?

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:25 AM   #2
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The word is "became"

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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It's a phase, it happens. I brewed nothing but pales and ips'a for a year straight, I got burned out on hops. Now im doing porters, maibocks, dopplebocks,and other such non hoppy beers.

Although I do still keep one hop monster around.

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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It's a phase most homebrewers and craft beer drinkers go through.

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Welcome to the club brotha!

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:25 PM   #6
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I love hops too but I try to keep my brewing all over the place. I have a hefe, a stour, a blueberry blonde and a Scottish 80 schilling bottled right now. Last night I made an RIS and this weekend I'll be making a porter and a hop bomb.

The hop bomb is going to have 8 oz of hops and two of those are warrior. The more even I keep things the more selection I have and the more I enjoy my hobby.

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Welcome to the fold brotha! I went through my hop awakening about a year ago. I'm more on the aroma/flavor side though. Bitterness is all well and good, but its tough to find good examples that are balanced and don't have a lingering bitterness. For this reason I tend to like double IPAs more than a lot of breweries' regular IPAs because of the huge malt backbone.

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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Being a converted BMC drinker, I was in the same boat. I liked the occasional pale or amber ale, but even Widmier Droptop was about as bitter as I could stand. But over the last year or so since starting homebrewing, I have been forcing myself to try other types of beer. I am now a lover of IPA's. Ruination is still a little too much for me, but I made it through a 22oz bottle. (everything after that tasted like water for the rest of the night)

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It's inevitable. All you have to do is give it a chance.

I did the same thing that WildWest did, got burned out for a bit and started trying some of the darker beers and others. But when I tried a good IPA again, it was love at second sight!

If you can, get your hands on a bottle (or better yet on tap) of Bell's Hopslam.

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About 1 month ago I thought IPAs were horrid. After some prodding by my brother, who is a huge Victory Hop Devil fan, I finished a 6er of Hop Devil. By the third one the shock was gone. I would never even consider drinking a beer over 30 IBU. Now I find myself buying Stone Ruination and savoring every drop. Delicious! Am I becoming a HopHead?
It happened to me too... I drank an IPA about 2 years ago and thought to myself, "Gah, why would anyone ever drink this stuff?" But about 3 weeks ago, after reading a few threads on HBT, I decided to try a large bottle of Stone IPA, and instantly fell in love with it. Now, I'm craving IPAs, and don't really want to drink much else! I can't wait to drink my first home-brewed IPA!!!
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