Originally Posted by olllllo
Hops effectiveness as a perservative vs. hops retaining their hoppy goodness.
These kegs of high gravity ale were dry hopped with several ounces, if not pounds, of the finest quality hops to help preserve them during a slow boat ride from England to India. The temps were not stable, the seas were rough and nobody racked the beer off the hops after a week or two.
If the beer wasn't good, I doubt the style would have survived long.
To the original poster: yes, we are all tainted... with good taste for good beer. It seems to me that there are a lot of breweries jumping on the microbrew band wagon, trying their hand at craft brewing and experimenting with different styles. With the recent interest in the US for *good* beer, the market appears to be flooded with all kinds of microbrews. Some are not that good and won't last long. Some are exceptional and stand out from the rest, but these are rare.