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Old 05-08-2010, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default I think I'm turning into a hophead

I'm sitting here an drinking a Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA and loving every minute of it (pun intended).

It's funny, but I never like heavily hopped beers before I started homebrewing.... probably because I started out on the almost hop-less American lite beers and could never get past the bitterness that hops add. I guess you could say I treated bitterness as a defect; I never noticed all the wonderful hop aromas and flavors behind it.

But since I started brewing, I crave hops. I love it when I throw hops into the boiling wort and breathe in that first whiff of hoppy goodness.

I decided to try the 90-minute IPA before taking the plunge and brewing up 5 gallons of a Pliny the Elder clone (I couldn't find Pliny anywhere locally so I figured Dogfish Head would be a good substitute). Needless to say, a Pliny clone is next in queue.

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Old 05-08-2010, 02:03 AM   #2
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cant agree more, they just breath life into your beer.

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Old 05-08-2010, 02:09 AM   #3
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Hops rock!

I'm a split brain, though... I'm a hophead and a malt maniac.

I basically just love beer. DFH 60 is my current favorite hoppy beer. Hop whiffing is an addiction-- get used to it!

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Old 05-08-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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i've been doing the same. I never liked much above 35 IBUs, since homebrewing i have been enjoying 60 minute a lot more. Still not loving the 90though...maybe in a year

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:29 PM   #5
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It's a disease, but as long as you don't start using cones as breath mints ...

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Hello. My name is Lisa, and I am a hop head.

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Old 05-08-2010, 07:06 PM   #7
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You just posted my story. I Never much cared for heavy hop/ bitter beer until i started brewing. Smelling and brewing with fresh hops was the catalyst more than anything. Here in CT (and Mass. for that matter) i have not been able to find Pliny either. I can however recommend Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. For the price it fills my need for hops better than most iv found. Funny enough I have a AHS Pliny clone going into a keg tomorrow. I tasted a sample couple nights ago, could be the best beer iv made to date.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I am the only malt-head left in the world.... *sigh*

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Welcome to the club! Hopheads unite!

For the record, Dogfish Head 90 min IPA is one of my favorite beers of all time.

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Bernie, there are lots of malt lovers. We just aren't in-your-face like an IPA.

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