Any ideas on how to get that Sam Adams hop flavor without the over-bittering that usually happens? I've tried very short boils with lots of fresh off the vine hops - still too bitter for any style beyond IPA.
I have only experienced fresh whole hop and have only used this method in a micro-brewery. The best way to get powerful hop taste is to add hops just after your boil. Id say about 2x the amount you used as your bittering hop. I use a recirculating method to get the hops soaked right through! The hops are usually in the wort for up to 30 minuets