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Old 10-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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I don't understand the following in the high hops beer, its like drinking medicine that you are forced to drink. I like beers that have a malt or almost sweetness to it... A friend keeps telling me that beers high in Hops its what beer is suppose to be and I firmly disagree ... Can someone explain why is it so important to have high hop smells and taste? Just wondering

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

Hops have a nice floral aroma that can almost be addicting in itself. I personally like a nice balance between hops and malt. But to each his own.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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I'll join you, Sierra Nevada is a hoppy beer and I hate it !!!!.............
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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Plenty of great hoopy beers exist but so do great malty beers. Don't let people tell you that what you like in wrong becaues it is not what they like. That said you may want to try a hoppy beer every once in a while to see if your tastes have chnaged.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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Totally opinion. My favorite type of beer is IPAs. Very little history: when the English shipped beer to India, they used extra hops (it is a natural preservative). To balance the bitter, they used extra malt and got a stronger beer 6-8 abv instead of the more common 5ish.

When I brew, I usually use extra hops because I like it hoppier. I also smell the empty hops bags like they're attached to an oxygen tank because I love the smell so much.

Totally opinion. Its like making a sandwich with or without mustard. Anyone who tells you that you made your beer wrong (assuming you didn't just miss the mark on a very specific style) is wrong to tread on your opinions and preferences. Make whatever you like. You can't really be "wrong".

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:27 PM   #7
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It's all preference. A few years ago IPAs were not a palate pleaser for me. I , like you, was into maltier beers. But over time I've grown into a full blown hop head with IPAs being my favorite style. Hops have a weird way of growing on ya. Stay open minded.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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It is very important to match many American styles like APA and IPA. You just prefer the European styles that are more malt forward.
So it is really just personal preference, I prefer my homebrew to be easy drinking and medium to low hopped ( 40 ABU is about the max that I brew).
I do enjoy high hop beers every once in a while so I just buy a few bottles rather than have a large batch that will take me forever to drink.

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Hops are a natural aphrodisiac for women but a sexual sedative to men.
Order the IPA for your lady friends and order the bock for yourself

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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I brewed up a West Coast IPA last year hearing so much about how great this kit was I figured it would be great. At that point I had never tried one, I went to the store got one and had to choke it down. Man was it bitter. Needless to say over the next 2 months I dreaded the thought of having 6gal of beer I couldn't stand. Well I started to drink it (obviously couldn't let beer be wasted) and by the time the 6gal was gone, I was fully hooked. Can't get enough of that great bitter IPA taste now lol. To each his own, and I still do love sweet malty beer, I have to agree with a previous poster though that you shouldn't give up completely on the style and try one once in a blue moon. Who knows it might grow on ya and it might not. Cheers

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #10
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I love a nice hoppy beer, but my favorite styles are almost all malt centric. My wife would replace her blood with baltic porter if she could. I don't understand the tooth enamel eating hop bombs either, but to each his/her own!

 
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