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Old 01-08-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
Dec 2012
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I have never been much of a picky beer drinker... i mostly drank Coors light when i felt cheap but Heineken and Blue Moon most of the time.

My first brew was WILLIAM'S AMERICAN IPA and below is a picture. The color is a dark golden brown and this beer has much more flavor that anything else i drink, at the end there is a bitter kick that you can really taste if you press your tongue on the roof of your mouth after a sip. For the most part i like the flavor but a buddy of mine said the bitter kick was to much and he went back to his Coors.

Am i off? or did i get this beer close to right?

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
Jan 2013
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Bitter kick is the best part of the IPA in my opinion. Looks good!

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Looks like a fine beer! Way to go!
Fermenter 1 - Vienna /Saaz SMaSH
Fermenter 2 - Dry as a bone
Drinking - various craft brews, Tiny Bottom PA
Beer styles I'm trying to nail down: APA, Porter, Mild, Amber, & Something Yellow and Fizzy.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
Aug 2012
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Welcome to real beer!

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #5
Mar 2012
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Wait until you crave that bitter kick like fat kids do cake....

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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don't know what is in yours, but it looks exactly like my AIPA, so I guess we both did right

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:05 PM   #7
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"Welcome to flavor country."

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #8
Jan 2013
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IPAs (India Pale Ale) are known for bitterness among other things. It does not have to be a ridiculous bitterness, but it seems that the American style is trending into higher IBUs.

Some people just do not like IPAs... Some people do not like stouts....

I think its a taste preference and not a failure.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #9
Dec 2012
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Haha thanks for the replies! I never said i didn't like the bitter... my buddy didn't like it which made me question if i got it right...

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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Surely you have tried a commercial IPA before you brewed this one? Hop bitterness is something one gets acquired to, just like tasteless beer like Coors is an acquired taste. No one is born craving the taste of beer!

It seems that with IPA style beer drinkers either LOVE it or hate it. I crave hoppy beer!
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