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View Poll Results: Are you a Hop Head?
Oh yes! Bringem on! 100 IBUs! 80 38.28%
I like hops but I think some beers are getting carried away. 95 45.45%
I can enjoy a beer with some hop character but not much. 15 7.18%
Show me the malt! The hops have to be there to balance the beer but letís keep them to a minimum. 19 9.09%
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:12 AM   #1
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After my experiences at the HBC and tours of some breweries over the past 3 days, I've discovered that craft brewing has cranked up the IBUs to new levels. It seems like every brewery now makes a double IPA.
What I would like to know is, how many of us here are hop heads?

I've got to say that I am not a hop head. I don't mind a moderately hopped beer but when the aroma, flavor, and bitterness, reach out of the glass and smack me I just can't enjoy the beer.
I'm not saying bitter beers are bad. I just think they are not meant for me.

Opinions? Do you like or dislike where the hoppiness levels are going in craft/ home brews?

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Old 06-24-2007, 01:15 AM   #2
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I definitly am.. tons of hops makes me happy inside.

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Old 06-24-2007, 01:18 AM   #3
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I have to say I am not. Every now and then, for a change I like to get a nice hoppy beer usually with a meal. I am actualy on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to the balance of a beer. I like really malty almost sweet beers like Spaten Optimator. ummmm Optimator

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Old 06-24-2007, 01:38 AM   #4
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I love a really, really, hoppy beer (that bottle of Pliny in Dude's room was making me drool), but I can also really appreciate (and have been craving) a lot more malt-focused beers. I'd call myself more of a hophead than not, but it's not like I'm EXCLUSIVELY a hophead.

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I love a really, really, hoppy beer (that bottle of Pliny in Dude's room was making me drool), but I can also really appreciate (and have been craving) a lot more malt-focused beers. I'd call myself more of a hophead than not, but it's not like I'm EXCLUSIVELY a hophead.
It still smells like hops after we rinsed it out.
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i can enjoy a good IPA, but i don't prefer it. I personally only add it to balance and as a preservative. BRING ON THE MALTS!

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Originally Posted by RichBrewer
After my experiences at the HBC and tours of some breweries over the past 3 days, I've discovered that craft brewing has cranked up the IBUs to new levels. It seems like every brewery now makes a double IPA.
What I would like to know is, how many of us here are hop heads?
It seems to me that a lot of people, majority BMC drinkers, think that hoppy beer=better beer. The local micro around here sells an Extra Pale Ale that, IMO, is supposed to look and taste as much like BMC but with a ton of hops added in.

I like certain beers with a lot of hops but I don't like certain beers just because they have a lot of hops.
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Hops have grown on me recently, perhaps it is just the search for something new...that being said though, some are too bitter for my tastes. However, I have found that creating beers with good hop flavor and tremendous hop aroma can be fun, sidestepping the heavy bittering addition.

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I have found that im very picky about hoppy beers, some I love others that get good reviews I don't like at all. Im sure it has something about the hop combination.

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As far as I am concerned the only reason hops are used in brewing is to balance the sweetness of the malt and make the brew more enjoyable to drink.

Using too many hops? You may as well just graze in the meadow...moo...moo.

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