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Old 01-11-2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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Well, (yes I am a beer virgin of sorts - but NEVER a BMC man)

I am trying my first IPA (as now that I have been afflicted with HB, I am continually looking to expand my beer horizons) At any rate, I knew that it is dubbed as a 'hoppy' beer, but damn if thats not an understatement! Very hoppy nose, and WOW! I truly appreciate the value that hops add to the complexity of the beer now more so than I ever have. Although IPA isnt high on my list of 'must brews' Im still slowly enjoying it and appreciating its flavor and smell!

Still to try - Doppelbock and Arrogant Bastard Ale
Oh yeah, this is a Stone IPA.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:40 AM   #2
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:40 AM   #3
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Stone IPA is a fine example of the style. One of my favorites, according to the clone recipe in BYO made with Magnum, Perle, and Centennial. Do yourself a favor and try a few others with different hops. One of my other favorites is Bells Two Hearted Ale. All Centennial Hops. Pure awesome.

 
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:41 AM   #4
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I go through periods where I'm into one style or another and can't get enough. I actually happen to be in hop head mode.
There are so many different versions of that style (any style really) I like Bell's Two Hearted, Stone, Founder's Centennial, Avery Ipa and yesterday I discovered Hop3 (squared) . All were excellent, all were hoppy to different extent and all were wonderful.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:42 AM   #5
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Just took a hyrdo sample of the BYO published Stone IPA clone. I made it for my Dad as it's his favorite beer. I'm not an IPA fan, but damn if it wasn't delicious.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:47 AM   #6
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For some funny reason, I seem to have a preference to my own brewed beer (Yeah, even though I only have a couple under my belt) It seems that regardless of the brew (okay maybe Im lying) I feel IMO that my beer is the tastiest.
Although I found what I am going to brew for myself next
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:10 AM   #7
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For some funny reason, I seem to have a preference to my own brewed beer (Yeah, even though I only have a couple under my belt) It seems that regardless of the brew (okay maybe Im lying) I feel IMO that my beer is the tastiest.
Although I found what I am going to brew for myself next
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Nothing wrong with that. I wonder what others think of my beer when I'm loving it! I'm drinking my first beer of my 2nd batch of IPA today and frankly, it's awesome - and quite alcoholic - am I judging it through beer goggles?!

 
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:20 AM   #8
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I had a barleywine that someone described as "really good beer with a shot of grain alcohol in it". That was at 3 months. I am hoping it mellows out.

 
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I just brewed my first IPA..and plan on bottling it tomorrow...along with my Marris Otter/Argentian Cascade smash...so I should be in hop city in a few weeks.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:53 AM   #10
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Revvy and JoeMama - glad to see you guys getting in on the hop-wagon!!

I too go through phazes with beers -- but them IPA's seem to always rise to the top...

Rev - what IPA recipe did you brew? I'm still tinkering with my house IPA recipe, but I'm oh so close....(hint, the 4# of Warrior, Cascade, and Willametter I bought of niko on here should be a clue)

 
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