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mikeosoft 02-20-2011 09:33 PM

What was your gateway?
Sorry if this is a re-post, but I'm wondering what was your gateway to becoming a hop-head?

Years ago when I started getting into craft bears I couldn't tolerate bitter beers (sad I know). Then last summer I picked up a 6pk of Sam Adams Noble Pilsner. I know it's not particularly heavily hopped (around 35 IBU), but it was light enough that the hops weren't overpowering to me and it had an aroma that I really liked. After that it was all over.

Right now I'm enjoying a Founders Centennial IPA like it was hardly hopped.

TANSTAAFB 02-20-2011 09:51 PM

I never liked BMC beers. Can't say I haven't drank my share, but even when I was young I preferred Guinness to Bud. If I have to drink American Lager, I go with Lone Star. I guess I have my parents to thank for turning me on to good beer early...like Guinness being a treat for my step dad when I was growing up. I was also lucky to have Shiner in Texas. It's weird, people who would be fizzy yellow piss drinkers anywhere else in the country love Shiner Bock around here.

That said, the first time I tasted a hoppy beer I was intrigued. I honestly can't remember exactly what that first hoppy beer was, but it was probably Sierra Nevada followed by Dogfish 60. I actually did not fall in love w/ SNPA until I started brewing and finally understood how fresh that hop flavor was. From there I was hooked. I eagerly seek out the hoppiest beers I can find now. I just finished a 102 IBU Hop Stoopid a couple of days ago and honestly did not find it that bitter. My brewing FIL says I won't be happy til I figure out how to make hops part of my grist!!!

I think Pliny might just be the best thing I ever put in my mouth...wait...the best BEER I ever put in my mouth...wait...the best thing NOT attached to SWMBO I ever put in my mouth :D

I am now and forever a die hard hophead :rockin:

KayaBrew 02-20-2011 11:07 PM

$5 pitchers at a local bar that had 75 taps. I was in my early 20s We got whatever was the 5 dollar beer of the night and the rest as they say is history. I remember Victory Hopdevil and Middle Ages ImPaledAle

SkinnyShamrock 02-20-2011 11:12 PM

I remember drinking a Stoudt's American Pale Ale and thinking it was the most bitter thing I'd ever had.

Now I throw back Nugget Nectar and anything Stone and triple IPAs like they're water.

curlyfat 02-21-2011 06:27 AM

Longhammer IPA was the first hoppy beer I liked. I was always a staunch, "I'm not one of those hop-heads!" kind of guy. That beer one night changed my world.

While I still prefer a lot of hop flavor without excessive bitterness (I add all my hops to my pale ale in the last 10m), I still crave that crazy, over-the-top bitterness about twice a month. I rarely buy Longhammer anymore, though, because now it tastes...well...tame!

MBasile 02-21-2011 07:25 AM

SNPA was the first craft beer I had (second beer overall, started off with Guinness Draught). I think the first IPA I had and liked was Lagunitas. I remember having a double IPA at a local brew pub in Monterey and wasn't too fond of it. Not sure how long it was after that when I had the Lagunitas though.

PanzerBanana 02-21-2011 01:30 PM

I've tried too many beers. I knew what an IPA was before I had one. But I can't remember not liking bitter beers and hops. I don't remember what it was but I instantly loved my first IPA. I tend to prefer big bold flavors. Heck, I've eaten acorns and can actually taste the nut through the bitter. No, they're not poisonous. Just full of tannins.

unionrdr 02-21-2011 02:12 PM

^^^Yeah,you gotta soak them to get the tannins out. Acorn ale,anyone? Might be interesting as a fall ale...

BigJerk 02-21-2011 04:28 PM

Good ole Shiner Bock was my gateway to good beer. I used to think it was the greatest beer ever. Now I get it whenever I visit the fam in TX, and although it's no longer the greatest beer to me, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

dannypo 02-21-2011 05:57 PM

I always knew there wad more to beer than BMC offered. I would occasionally drink Sam Adams or go to a brewpub for dinner but I always just went back to Bud. Until one night I saw Bell's Best Brown on special while out for a friends birthday. The next day I bought 6 different Bell's beers and never looked back.

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