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Old 03-18-2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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A few weeks ago I discovered IPA for myself. I had known about them for a long time, but for some reason the thought of them didn’t appeal to me. A few weeks ago we and SWMBO were at a local brew pub when I decided to try one. I was blown away….and hooked. I live in Arkansas, and unfortunately, the spectrum of micro/specialty brews is quite narrow. I went looking for IPA’s. They are few and far between here. I tried Samuel Smith’s India Ale. I’m a big fan of that brewery, but was unimpressed with this beer. It lacked the hop character, too me, that my introductory IPA had. I tried the local Micro Brew IPA and was very unimpressed. They are the only Micro in this state and I have never been impressed with their work. The following week I heard an interview with the owner and he said they don’t dry hop any beers there?!?!?!?!?!?! (I have other issues with this micro that I will leave for another time.) Last night I did some driving hitting a few liquor stores and came across Avery IPA. That satisfied my need for hops. I was very impressed, albeit my sensibilities when it comes to IPA are quite unrefined. The first thing I thought when I woke up this morning was ‘Mmmm that was some good beer last night. I could drink another right now.’

A hop head is born.

 
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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Avery's IPA is one of my favs. Very complex hop profile in this one.

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Old 03-20-2007, 01:50 AM   #3
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Great beer.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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Yes, that is a good one. One of my favorites definitely. Has a great fresh hop taste.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:49 PM   #5
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You should try Stone Ruination IPA. Very hoppy and very good. Probably hard to find R-kansas

 
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Old 03-20-2007, 02:19 PM   #6
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three words for you: Dog Fish Head! (or is that two words? or maybe only one?)

start with a 60 minute IPA, then get a 90 minute IPA, then when you are sure you are done driving for the evening get yourself a 120 minute IPA let the hoppy-ness ensue!

 
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Old 03-20-2007, 02:57 PM   #7
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If you liked Avery's traditional IPA, you should be sure to try the Maharaja, that's their Imperial. That stuff is like candy for hopheads which you will be soon if you aren't quite yet.

I am in the process of refining a clone for that.
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:19 PM   #8
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ooohhhh I want that recipe! AG? or Extract? the 2007 Maharaja should be out soon. I can't wait...

 
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:07 PM   #9
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Such is life being an Arky. All the IPA's suggested are not available in AR. I can search for Dog Fish Head on my next memphis trip. It is really hard to find IPA's here...and porters. When i fouind the Avery IPA I wasn't really seeking an IPA specifically. I was looking for something special (SM Taddy Porter, sSierra Nevada Porter, IPA, Etc). The specialty market here is dominated by Pale ales, ambers, stouts and wheet beers. It is all good, but I need more choices. Therefore, started homebrewing!

Lately I have been obsessing over porters. I miss them. when I lived in alaska Ihad Raven's Ridge (now gone). Now I'm obsessing over IPA.

I have an Robust Porter in The secondary(I think i might have screwed it up, though). My next brew (this weekend?) will be a Nut brown Ale. After that....I'm thinking IPA.

I will go back to Avery for now. I know the store regularly stocks it. I will look for the Maharaja .

I'm a hop head. I really did wake up Sunday morning thinking about that beer.

On a funny note, I gave my wife a drink and her comment was, " It taste like soap."

I busted up laughing!

 
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:29 AM   #10
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Austin Home Brew has an Avery IPA clone kit you could try. I've never brewed it but I've been pleased with every other kit I've done from them. I think they have A Stone clone too.
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