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Old 10-03-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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For a few months now, I have been noticing that I just can't find an IPA that's good enough. It seems none of them have a floral aroma anymore, the citrus is muted if detectable, and even the bittering seems off. I have been drinking tons of IPAs for a couple of years now at least, could I have desensitized myself to these hoppy gifts from our beer gods? Could that GF Palate Wrecker have actually wrecked my palate??

I just got off of a couple trips to regions where I was drinking different beers than normally available to me, many of them some of the most popular IPAs. Still, they just don't seem the same.

Has anyone else ever experienced such an unhoppy palate? I miss the good ole days when every IPA I tried was hop heaven goodness! I haven't really noticed any other changes in my palate, except maybe more gravity to spicy foods as well. But this has been going on for far longer than the IPA thing...

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Old 10-03-2012, 04:14 AM   #2
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Might be a good idea to lay off the IPAs for a while and come back after your palate recovers. It's possible to overwhelm your palate. As you age you lose sensitivity as well, which is why a lot of people find themselves eating spicier foods the older they get.

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Old 10-03-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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Lupulin shift.

I never get tired of the Denny Conn Rye IPA I make. Damned good. Maybe you should make one of those.

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Take a week or so off from beer, let your palate recover.

Same thing happens when you smoke big flavored/bodied cigars, it overwhelms your palate and it takes a few days to be able to distinguish the finer flavors again

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A week or so off beer? Are kidding me? If you told me right now, that it would fix everything, .... I would still have problems with it.

But seriously, I have been giving my palate the business I guess. It's worth a try, how about I start by laying off the hops 1st. No reason to quit the beer if I don't have too.

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You need to brew a Simcoe/Chinook bomb and drink it until symptoms go away. Good day.

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Check the dates on the bottles, maybe your drinking old IPA. If it's homebrew, how old are your hops and how are they stored?

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You need to brew a Simcoe/Chinook bomb and drink it until symptoms go away. Good day.

Funny that you say that, I literally have a simcoe/chinook bomb on tag right now. I was surprised it wasn't more piney. 7.5%, plenty of late editions and dry hop... Still expected more. It's actually CRAZY you said that!

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Check the dates on the bottles, maybe your drinking old IPA. If it's homebrew, how old are your hops and how are they stored?
Both homebrew and store bought. I have a vacuum sealer and dedicated freezer. I just want hop enjoyment back. I hope this never happens to anyone else here.
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This may seem like a really stupid question but might the beers need to warm up a little/be less chilled??

The thinking behind that being that the summer is over and temps are falling. Maybe the fridge you keep beer in was dialed in for summer temps and cooling the beer down to lower than it had been for the last few months.

Errrrr, just realised you said this had been going on for the last few months. Ignore my dumb theory.

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