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Old 04-04-2011, 02:05 AM   #11
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Totally with you on this one. My favorite aspect of brewing and beer in general variety. While I appreciate a good IPA, I do see a trend of many of them overdoing it on the hops. Not only that but it seems like everyone is making more and more IPAs at the expense of others styles.

Even the non-IPAs seem to be upping their hop levels lately. Last week I got 3 or 4 different oatmeal stouts to try, one was near-undrinkable as I couldn't taste anything other than the hops.

I guess like was said in another post above is that it is all personal taste... I lament the disappearance of more balanced IPAs, but they are popular and must be selling pretty well.

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I like Boulevards Single Wide IPA. I like basically any IPA that isn't over the top.

As you said, it's all well and good until brewers sacrifice balance on other styles or start producing only hop forward beers.

As for the Bigfoot, this 2011 is gonna get another day in court in 2013.


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Old 04-04-2011, 02:06 AM   #12
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:21 AM   #13
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/opens bottle for further analysis
analysis complete. It's gooood. Wait, what was I talking about?
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:07 AM   #14
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I've been steadily consuming my 6 pack of Bigfoot. I was surprised by the hop flavor too but I found it a pleasant surprise. A very, very, pleasant surprise.

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Old 04-04-2011, 03:30 AM   #15
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No one forces you to buy or drink anything you don't want to a quick search on beer advocate will help you decide if you should buy something or not... no more surprises.

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Try that 2011 Bigfoot this time next year and you'll be singing a different tune, OP. A little age on that beer works some wonders. I like it well enough when it comes out, but it's a-freaking-mazing after a year or two of aging.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:57 AM   #17
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Exactly, my thoughts. I'll bet it's pretty damn good once the hops fade out a little.

I'm aware a lot of people disagree. That's why this stuff sells so well. Let's just say, that the English/Scottish approach is more my style. I was curious if I was the only one.
I also prefer the English/Scottish approach as well. When brewing I don't even go over 25 IBU's but am usually in the 10-15 IBU range. Hops just aren't that great according to my pallet, but hey that leaves more for everyone else!
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I don't get it. I like a good IPA, but these over the top, hopbomb, I can cram more hops in a beer than you can, offerings are not my cup of tea.

I'm learning that somewhere between an IPA and a Double Super Hops Up Your ass IPA is where I get off the train.

Sometimes I don't see it coming, and that is even more annoying. I drank a 2011 Big foot Barleywine. I know Sierra Nevada loves the hops, but this thing was nearly undrinkable.

Thank you West Coast, for taking a good thing, and taking it too damn far.
Your problem on the Bigfoot might have been drinking an unaged barley wine?

But anyways, all a matter of taste and preference.
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I think we all have different tastes.
And that's what's so great about this addiction... errr I mean hobby.
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Try that 2011 Bigfoot this time next year and you'll be singing a different tune, OP. A little age on that beer works some wonders. I like it well enough when it comes out, but it's a-freaking-mazing after a year or two of aging.
Yeah, I figure they know people will age them, so they load up the hops. That way it will still have the SN hoppyess in a year or so.


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