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Old 03-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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I finally sampled my Coopers extract kit IPA last night. It's bee in the bottles for s
2 weeks and spent a month in the carboy prior to that.

The beer has a pretty fruity smell and a very bitter taste. The only IPAs I've drank have been pretty mass-produced types like Keiths so I'm not really sure what it's supposed to taste like. I don't think I've noticed this bitter of a taste on a beer before. Is this normal? Any thoughts?

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Are you drinking it from a chilled/frozen glass or one at room temp??
Give it at least another week in bottles before chilling one down for 3-4 days and trying it again (in a room temp glass)...

I've not used any of Cooper's kits, so someone that has will need to chime in about how it should taste...

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Room temp glass, beer chilled in fridge.

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an IPA should be firmly bitter, with a hop driven flavor and aroma. It's really a showcase for the hops, with the malt playing a backing role.

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What hops did you use, at what times?? That will determine what you get for hop character in the brew...

Personally, I can't enjoy high IBU ales... I find that ales with an OG of under 1.065, with IBU's above 45-50 are just too bitter for me. I can't drink DFH 60 minute IPA... Had one pull off a glass of it, and that was it. Couldn't drink anymore. Thankfully, it was a small amount in the glass (sampling) so I didn't toss more than an ounce (or so)...

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The beer has a pretty fruity smell and a very bitter taste. The only IPAs I've drank have been pretty mass-produced types like Keiths so I'm not really sure what it's supposed to taste like. I don't think I've noticed this bitter of a taste on a beer before. Is this normal? Any thoughts?
hate to be the one to break it to ya man, but Keiths is like an IPA like Coors is like a European pilsener. The only thing about Keiths that is IPA is the name they gave it.
True IPA should be a bit bitter and LOADED with hop dominint flavour
http://home.comcast.net/~wnevits/wizards/ipa.pdf should give you an idea of what it should be like.
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When brewed correctly, an IPA should taste like awesome.

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Yep, it will be bitter, especially so compared to the domestic water they call beer!
I just did my first IPA, a Brewhouse kit, which I dry hopped using Fuggles. The beer has mellowed after 3 weeks, noticably less "grapefruit taste", but still quite more bitter than any other beer I have brewed.
I find it addictive, after I had my first one gone I found myself thinking "man was it really that bitter? Better try another to find out."

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The beer is nice and clear with decent head. I think I'll let it condition a little more. I was just surprised by the bitterness.

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Can anyone give me an example of a good IPA that I can buy at my liquor store? Something I can buy and compare mine to? Need a good control.

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