Originally Posted by stpug
I've sometimes found fuggles to be a bit too ..... earthy?? maybe. Is this one of those situations where using an abundance balances the earthiness or just it just exacerbate it?
Well, if you are not fond of the earthiness, then I just wouldn't do it?
It was a pint of IPA I had in a pub about 30 years ago that really turned me on to fuggles. It was really very dominant, and certainly not balanced. However, that earthiness to me, at least epitomized the rugged style of the brew. I'm also a great fan of EKG, but for me, fuggles gives that cottagey rugged feel of the countryside. It makes me feel like I am having a pint in a pub 30 yards from a barn full of cow crap, while 30 yards in the other direction a tractor driven by a drunken farmer is running over an unfortunate duck.........Maybe it's less about the taste and more about the feelings the aroma invokes?
For the record, I was standing at the door of The Lord Nelson, Hythe, England.......Nowhere near a barn, but in very close proximity to my father, and a very drunk ferry captain.