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Old 06-20-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
Mar 2012
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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You can call me a wuss or what ever, I don't care. I just can't get over the real hoppiness of IPAs. Anything past like a 55-60 IBU rating and I just can't do it. I pucker up like the old bitter beer face..
The problem is I really want to like IPAs. I get one all the time to see if I will like it and I never do. The only exception is Bells 2 Hearted Ale, but it's right in that 50 range, which is low for an IPA, it tastes more like an Amber Ale to me.

Beers I love are usually Bitters, especially Fuller's ESB, I love Amber ales, and darker stouts and porters.

Can you give me a recipe for something like a beginners IPA - something just like one step past Bells 2 Hearted. Kind of like dipping your leg in the pool before you jump in..

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:00 AM   #2
Jun 2012
Carlsbad, CA
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I feel your pain my friend.

I've tried to like IPAs. I really, really have. So far it's been a futile effort.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:06 AM   #3
Oct 2010
Sisters, Oregon
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If you can pick up a bottle of Inversion from Deschutes, give it a shot. It has more than your desired IBU's, but it has a good malt backbone to back it up.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:11 AM   #4
Apr 2011
Coral Springs, FL
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How bout something like Avery New World Porter. It's dry hopped so the aroma and initial flavor have more of an IPA feel to it. Could be TE bridge you need into IPAs. Then try Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. It's a little more malt heavy than most IPAs

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:22 AM   #5
Jan 2011
Rocky Hill, CT
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Is say try the dogfish 60 minute or clone it using the recipe on this site. It's a great entry level ipa. Easy drinker and nice an hoppy. Also maybe try lagunitas ipa which is nice and fruity.

I'm with you I really don't like bitterness but I've come to really enjoy the hop flavor and aroma of many of the west coast style ipas

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:33 AM   #6
May 2012
Monterey, CA
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torpedo sierra nevada

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:36 AM   #7
Oct 2011
St. Paul, MN
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I second Lagunitas IPA, it's pretty sweet. I really enjoy it though. Torpedo is great as well but a little hoppier than you'd like perhaps.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:58 AM   #8
Jan 2011
lincoln, illinois
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Do one that has a small bittering charge. Then late hop the snot out of it. Dry hop it to. You will get lots of hop flavor but not alot of bitternes

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:07 AM   #9
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Apr 2012
Oppelo, Arkansas
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Yeah I started a similar post about this not long ago. Trust me I'm right there with ya. I just get blown away when I take a sip of one. I try them all the time but I'm always disappointed. I love porters, stouts and amber ales though. I feel like an outcast because I don't like IPAs but what do you do?

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:20 AM   #10
Feb 2012
North Vancouver, BC
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why force liking something???

ps - I love IPA's. Still trying to figure out to make them good and hoppy.

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