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Old 09-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #11
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I have to agree. I love a lot of hops flavor and aroma, but don't like the overwhelming bitterness.

 
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #12
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I use to be a big malty guy but that has all changed and now it is the opposite.

 
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:28 PM   #13
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Gotta admit, I posted almost the same thing back in May http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f5/ipas-whats-draw-176164/ In just over 4 months I have come to truly appreciate the hops, especially served just under room temp. Matter of fact, there are 3 bottles of a case of Stone IPA left in the fridge that need finishing tonight

 
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:37 PM   #14
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the best IPA's feature more hop *flavour* than bitterness. Look at the specifications of a lot of winning IPA recipes and published IBU's for commercial IPA's, and there are many that are only 'moderately' bitter at 30-50 IBU's. Such a beer, when loaded up with lots and lots of late kettle additions and a healthy dry addition in the fermenter will be massively hoppy with lots of fruity and citrus-like aromas and flavours, and yet not particularly bitter.

 
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:53 PM   #15
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I prefer immense flavor and dry hop aroma to over powering bitterness, but I would still prefer an overbittered IPA to anything with English and Belgian yeast-THOSE taste sour/bitter to me.

IPA's are no fad, they are generally a flagship beer at most breweries, due to a large deomgraphic that love that aroma and flavor. To be sure, the PNW brewers have taken this to an extreme, but it may be a regional taste-it ain't like that in the Midwest/Great Lakes.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:19 PM   #16
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I do love the new belgium Ranger IPA.

But not for the bitterness. They must either have a late addition of cascade, or dry hop with cascade. Because the beer smells and tates exactly like my garage last year when I was drying out my hops.

 
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:50 PM   #17
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LOL! I had a long post almost done but the stupid cat closed my window running across my laptop. Screw it I'm going to bed. I'll make it an IPA night in honor of this thread since my car died and I can't go to work tonight.

 
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:54 AM   #18
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I prefer immense flavor and dry hop aroma to over powering bitterness, but I would still prefer an overbittered IPA to anything with English and Belgian yeast-THOSE taste sour/bitter to me.

IPA's are no fad, they are generally a flagship beer at most breweries, due to a large deomgraphic that love that aroma and flavor. To be sure, the PNW brewers have taken this to an extreme, but it may be a regional taste-it ain't like that in the Midwest/Great Lakes.
Hey man, don't dis the sours. Mmmmm sour beer...
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:00 PM   #19
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No, Henry got it right. Lots of hop flavor and aroma, and sour sucks!

he he...

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:12 PM   #20
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When my kids would return home from college for a visit I would always offer an IPA to them.They would always drink one but that was it. I never realized that they didn't like them and only drank it to be polite. Years later my son admitted that they thought I was crazy to be drinking them. My wife was a Porter, Stout, type of girl but would try a sip of my IPA whenever I ordered one.
Well, now I have a family of hopheads. (dad was not so crazy after all). It's an acquired taste to be sure but try a taste every once in awhile, soon you will know what to expect when you taste one. Then I bet you begin to understand...

 
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