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Old 03-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #71
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Lagers are a rather unexplored area of craft brew. There is this awesome brewery nearby called Jack's Abby that brews an amazing "India Pale Lager" and even a "Cascadian Swarzbier".

lol, hops aren't going anywhere
Jacks is great - ya good lagers are rare in craft.
Milds as well - I've had one bottled version in all the years I've been interested in craft beer (pretty things)
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:47 AM   #72
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You get grass, onion, pine, cat pee,,,,but you also get grapefruit, orange, lemon, tropical fruit, and yes wet ganja.------------------------------------------
I got in trouble for mentioning ganja on here...
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #73
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You get grass, onion, pine, cat pee,,,,but you also get grapefruit, orange, lemon, tropical fruit, and yes wet g(*&).------------------------------------------
I got in trouble for mentioning ganja on here...
Brewing with it, illegal, and frowned upon on most public forums. Having your hops produce a similar smell, and describing it that way would not be illegal. Hops being a close relative, there is a good chance in bringing up similar smells.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:07 PM   #74
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I think the trend is about "extreme" beers. The bottle shops in my area have a huge selection of imperial something-or-others. Whether it be a 100 IBU IIPA or a huge RIS, the trend (in my observation) is towards extreme flavors in malt-forward and hop-forward beers.

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #75
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I think its a rediscovery more then a trend . I drink what I like ....i dont believe there is that many sheep out there drinking beer just to be trendy

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:00 PM   #76
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I think its a rediscovery more then a trend . I drink what I like ....i dont believe there is that many sheep out there drinking beer just to be trendy
You bring up a good point - I know when I first got interested in craft it was all IPAs- maybe it's just that there are so many noobs that are getting interested in craft that IPAs get such a surge.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:12 AM   #77
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I think its a rediscovery more then a trend . I drink what I like ....i dont believe there is that many sheep out there drinking beer just to be trendy
In my experience most non craft drinkers can't deal with IPAs. I think an easier transition beer is a Belgian whit. I think it may be more due to craft brewers loving IPAs than having high demand for IPAs.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:06 PM   #78
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I wish I could get into the whole IPA thing I have had the privilege of having heady toppers which i did like after a few cans, and some APA like zombie dust and two hearted but thats the extent for me while i prefur Beers like Munich Helles, and stouts

On a side note I would love to make a clone of Zombie Dust

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #79
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Yeah, a trend, but its something that has gotten craft beer into shelves all over the country. "Hoppy" is a taste/flavor attribute that people can easily identify and talk about, so I think brewers have responded when people say they love it. It's not a "fad," like rainbow afro wigs or fish emblems on people's cars, but a trend that will rise and fall with popularity. I'm sure once the general public gets the idea of a Malty beer, that will gain in popularity too. Another example: I went to a beer tasting of 17 awful, over-spiced, Christmas ales this December. That's another trend that is getting people drinking craft beer, and one that will hopefully, like hoppy beers, eventually have people asking for flavorful, but more balanced beer in the future.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:00 PM   #80
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Sad fact is that beers like that are relatively easy to make and hide flaws well. Some sub-par brewers make popular, highly hopped IPAs... they make a pale-amber wort and throw a bucket load of hops at it, that's it. I am not saying that there aren't examples that are excellent beers brewed by skilled brewers, just that they are one of the easier styles to make without skill. You want to see how good a brewer is? Ask to taste his Pilsner.

Trend? I suppose so. Not saying that is a good or bad thing in itself. I say trend not fad, because I don't think it will disappear entirely, nor do I think it is necessarily invalid. As a trend I can accept it, like them or not, because I think anything that makes people excited about beer is a good thing.

For my part, I am not hugely found of the extremely bitter beers, never did it for me. I have always been more of a malt forward kind of guy, or at least balanced. I like German and Czech lagers, traditional English ales, etc.

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