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Old 02-08-2008, 01:21 AM   #11
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I think its the trend right now. I have a friend who thinks anything less than say an Arrogant Bastard is a weak beer. He never liked beer until he tried that. Make what you like its all good
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:24 AM   #12
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Nope, nothing wrong with your mouth rocketman.
More than likely you will develop a taste for hops, I know I certainly did. First time I had an IPA I though I was going to suck my lips through my butt hole. Now I REALLY enjoy a good hoppy IPA. I wouldnt say an IPA or any hop bomb other than maybe a barley wine is balance by any means so dont feel like 'you're not getting it.' The best advice I can give is to try any and all kinds of beers and you will eventually develope a taste and an appreciation for them.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:29 AM   #13
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All homebrewers make beer that they like. It just so happens that the homebrewers you've met are into the superhopped ale craze. I must admit that I got a little caught up in that as well. However, I also really enjoy porters, browns, milds, and hefeweizens that require very little bitterness and hop flavor. I think you'll find that the general populace will "accuse" us of making really hoppy beer, even when it's rather lightly hopped, since the bulk of mass marketed beer in North America and around many parts of the world is very light lager with little to no discernible hop character.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:57 AM   #14
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The best part of Homerewing is making beers that you like or can't find to buy. For a lot of us, the commercial beers were lacking something. I started out brewing really big beers. I wanted to get that high alcohol content that I couldn't get elsewhere. Then I discovered the hops, made some IPAs and then a few Imperial IPAs which are just really high alcohol IPAs.

But with the hop shortage. I think some pretty malty beers are in my future. Perhaps a nice scottish ale.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:00 AM   #15
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I agree on hoppiness being an acquired taste. I remember the first time I tasted Sam Adams Boston Lager my freshman year in college, I thought it was skunked or something - turns out it was just the hops. Now I love hoppy beers.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:28 AM   #16
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Part of it is you have to drink enough IPAs for your taste buds to die off.

I think it is partially a phase homebrewers go through, although some never do anything else. And it is also a bit of a "I can top your hops" sort of thing. And then there's the fad aspect. Belgians were really hot the last year or so and I expect to see a wave of Lambics soon.

A beer doesn't have to be mega-bitter to have a high hop flavor & aroma. My Bent Rod Rye can match the nose of almost any IPA, but it's only 30 IBU or so. At 4% ABV, that's about all that is reasonable.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:30 AM   #17
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If you like malty brews, try some Scottish beers. When I first started homebrewing the IBU's went up with each batch, then I tried some sour beers and the IBU's dropped to as low as I could go.
So what I'm saying is your tastes are going to change,,,, Enjoy the ride

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:52 AM   #18
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+1 on Yooper's comment. Just make what you like! And if you like the sweets - look for the Caramel Cream Ale recipe around here...and don't ask where it came from

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:10 AM   #19
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Cool answers. Here's what I've gathered:

1) Who cares? Make what you like.
2) New brewers tend to step up the hops in a little bit of a fad.
3) Most people get accustomed to the hops
4) It makes up for the lack of hops present in giant corporation beers.

I think all of them are valid except for #4 maybe. Even if one of those beers is lightly hopped, the rest of it tastes like water, so really all you're getting is the hops' taste.

And I will definitely try out and modify the Caramel Cream Ale recipe after I bottle the one I've currently got going (next week or so).

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:16 AM   #20
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+1 on a Scottish ale if you want malty beers.

I have strange tastes as well. My three favorite styles are very different - IPA (hoppy), Scottish (malty), and Porter (roasty). It just depends on my mood.

Just curious, but you said that maybe you are more sensitive to bitterness. Taste buds do become less sensitive with age and I remember reading somewhere that bitterness was the first taste to fade. Are you still relatively young?
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