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Old 12-15-2012, 03:39 AM   #1
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Default Bitterness coveted...

Why? why do people want that bitter, hoppy taste in a beer? I like all kinds of beer, my favorites being Stouts, and I am trying my damndest to get into IPA's but they are just bitter on the back of my tongue to the point that Im not sure I really like them. I have read a LOT of people saying that the hoppy/bitter taste is what they want and the more the better...Maybe I dont know what Im SUPPOSED to taste with IPA's or what im looking for when I drink one. I want to like them, I really do.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:45 AM   #2
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I know what you're talking about. It took me awhile to appreciate a good IPA. There are a lot of varieties to choose from. I kept trying until I found the realm of IPA that I like. I lean twards the sweeter side like Stone and Racer 5, they are really tasty and now one of my favorite types of beer.


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I love hoppy beers, but for me it isn't all about finding extremes of bitterness. It's about finding new and interesting hop profiles concentrating more on hop flavor and aroma.
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I'm not an expert at beer tasting nor any other aspect of drinking/brewing beer...but I am an expert at what I personally enjoy and IPA's is my beer of choice. I LOVE that bitter on the back of my tounge that you speak of. Then after a swig, I breath slowly through my nose and savor the aftertaste. I am currently enjoying a wonderful Stone IPA with 60 IBU.

There are some really bad ones out there too. My favorites are Stone and Firestone "Union Jack". Ive also brewed a couple winners(in my opinion) too.

Keep trying, you will grow to love them.
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Like I said, I WANT to like them...guess I will keep trying. So far...blecch. LOL
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I'm totally with you. Never got the whole thing with IPA's. I've tried to avoid them. My wife's the same way.
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I think in some ways it's like enjoying a cigar or good liquor. There are a lot of subtle flavors and aromas to look for, and the experience can be unpleasant to the uninitiated.
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I love bitter. I don't like anything sweet. I think its just a personal preference. Good thing there are a lot of different styles out there. You can always find something you like.
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Yeah, but a lot f people dont like stouts. "too dark" they say. "Too thick" they say. I just stare at them. LOTS of complex flavors in a good stout. I can taste the flavors and even pick them out with the IPA's, but its that bitterness that turns me off, I think. Maybe it's just a little too harsh to me...eh, who knows.
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I dont really like a SWEET beer...and dont mind subtle bitterness. Most of what I have had with the IPA is really harsh, though. Guess im just strange.


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