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Old 01-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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I have a friend who has been homebrewing for a couple months, and has a couple brews under his belt. We got into a "discussion" on whether you have to like a hoppy beer in order to be A true home brewer? He enjoys heavy hopped IPA's and I enjoy more off Belgian tripel or almost any of the less hopped beers. What's your input?i know this is ridiculous and that each brewer and drinker has their own taste and style they enjoy but just bear with me I need a little I put to settle this.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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Not at all. My last three beers have both been light on the hops and have been excellent. Summertime rolls around, I'll probably be hitting more hoppy beers but who knows what mood will strike.

Am I true home brewer? I like to think so. Do I care what anyone else thinks about how I feel hoppy beers? No.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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I am a hop head myself, but no way to you have to be a hop head to enjoy craft and homebrew. There are tons of non hoppy styles to enjoy. That's the beauty of homebrew, you can make whatever suits your taste.

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There seems to be plenty of craft beers that aren't hoppy. Regardless, if you brew your own beer at home, you're a true home brewer, simple as that.

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Hops are one component of homebrewing where brewers can create crazy combinations/flavors/aromas that commercial brewers are not doing. But, that is only one component. Yeast strains/techniques can give beers a variety of characteristics, endless varieties of malts and extracts lend different profiles and adjuncts such as fruit, vegetables, sugar, etc give brewers tons of creative freedom.

You do not need to enjoy hopped beers to love homebrewing.

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If you are a hophead, you have to go to craft beers.
If you like craft beers, you don't have to like hoppy beer at all.

Think stouts and porters for a couple examples of very common craft beers.

I do love Black Butte!

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Your friend is clearly right. Just like you have to like the most bitter coffee to be a home coffee brewer and must love ultra spicy foods to be a true home cook. Wait, that doesn't sound right.

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Go here and look at how many styles are not hop forward. Now tell your friend to shut up.

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No, but it sure helps. Sure there are lots of malt forward craft beers available but lets not kid ourselves. Hop forward beers are hot right now damn near every craft/micro/nano commercial brewery is making a hop forward Pale, IPA, 2XIPA, Black IPA, Rye PA, Seasonal IPA, ect...

I am a hop head but the amount of commercially available hop forward beers is rediculous and most of them are just ok certainly not special. One bar I frequent has 12 taps and will often have 5 IPAs or Pales. While I love me some hops, even more I love to try new beers and different beer styles.

Thankfully, as home brewers we can make whatever we want and not be beholden to public demands.

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No, but it sure helps. Sure there are lots of malt forward craft beers available but lets not kid ourselves. Hop forward beers are hot right now damn near every craft/micro/nano commercial brewery is making a hop forward Pale, IPA, 2XIPA, Black IPA, Rye PA, Seasonal IPA, ect...
I agree - the Hop forward beers are definitely the trend right now, and I know people who will drink a Belgian Stong Dark and think it tastes "bland". I can turn around and take a sip of their IPA and think it tastes like perfume - so it is a little harder for me to find great craft beers.

That being said, I find this most apparent at the places that have just Marginal craft selections: they might have 10 "craft" beers on the shelf, but 8 of them will be Pale Ale or IPA, and the other 2 will be wheat beers.

If I want a malt-forward or belgian style, I need to go to a better store or pick up an import commercial example (say smithwicks).
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