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Old 12-24-2010, 06:13 PM   #21
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yup, i use to hate IPA and anything to deal with hops, now i cant get enough and no IBU is strong enough to fill my needs

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Old 12-24-2010, 06:35 PM   #22
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I never liked hoppy beer UNTIL....

My 4th or 5th batch I got a hair up my bum and decided to make an IPA loosely based on some online recipe. I used 8lbs of amber LME, All simcoe: 3oz at 60m, 3oz at 5m, 3oz dry hop for 3 weeks. Those were pellet hops. Maybe one day I'll recreate this super simple concoction.

It was a hopsplosion! I actually embraced the bitterness and was converted...although I still keep malty stuff and hoppy stuff around.

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Old 12-24-2010, 07:21 PM   #23
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Ranger is my new favorite from New Belgium. I'm not a huge fan of their beers, but Ranger is a fine IPA. Welcome to the obsession.
NB Ranger and SN Torpedo are great go-to IPA's. I like Ranger in the bottle, but the first time I tried it was on tap and there was definitely a difference (much better on tap).
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:06 AM   #24
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If you're just now getting into IPA's I suggest you immediately go out and get yourself some Stone IPA.. That'll really put you over the edge... Hop heaven IMO...
Thanks but I beat you to it. The Stone was very good.

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I tried a home-brewed IPA last week that was epic. So I see what you mean about that.

I'm very interested in trying some extremely hoppy beers that are lower in bitterness. I'm drinking a DFH 90 min right now.

Don't get me wrong I still prefer wits and hefs but I'm liking the IPAs too.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:55 AM   #25
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I am brewing an Imperial IPA right this moment. Not a bunch of time so its a mini mash. 12# light LME, 3# Maris Otter, 1.5 # orange blossom honey, 8 oz. amarillo (2 oz. every 15 min) and another 4 oz. dry hop. Pretty simple.

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Old 12-25-2010, 03:05 AM   #26
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I wasn't a huge fan of IPA's until I brewed my first non kit extract batch in October...it was supposed to be a Christmas ale, but I treated the extract as a no boil and didn't add it until after I had boiled the hops in 2 gallons of PLAIN WATER...WOW!!!! rookie mistake

I was shooting for around 23 IBU and ended up WAAAAAY up into the IPA range with my hop tea...according to the hopville.com calculator I ended up about 67 IBU's.

I've grown to appreciate it...even kinda like it...

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Old 12-25-2010, 03:56 AM   #27
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ranger and sierra nevada make some good pale ales. i just brewed up a 45 ibu pale ale today. what started me being a hophead? drinking s.n. torpedo extra ipa

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Old 12-25-2010, 04:16 PM   #28
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I think it was Dogfish Head 90 minute, and stone Ruination that really got me into the hops.

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Old 12-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #29
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me too, untill i brewed one for my brother and decided to only bitter it at 40 IBU's but still use 3oz of hops in it. the journey is starting.

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Old 12-26-2010, 02:13 AM   #30
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I've never been much of a hophead, until Abita's Restoration Pale Ale. The hops aren't overpowering, but balanced with the malt and it tastes amazing. Then I had the DFH 60 Minute, then the 90. Both are incredible beers. Stone's brews personally don't agree with my palate. Something in the finish kills it for me. Rogue's Santas Reserve is pretty great too. I'm a convert now.

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