In the beginning, there were trees. Bitter coniferous trees. "Why is my beer like Christmas?" "Who does this to beer?" "Not another one!" All the damn time. I would shudder at the thought of downing one of these bitter bastards and would pound my taster as quickly as anyone to be able to grab any other beer in the fridge. I could not detect subtle notes. I only found the pine. I would fall back to the Quantity beers I loved so much and try to forget the hoppy bastards.
|You were always on my mind.|
|Brett made me a fine cake. Why do I have two beers? Because reasons.|
|Great Canadian version of an EPA. Plus, I kind of am a Pompous Ass.|
I started to revisit some beers this summer and discovered that a lot of these APAs had a wonderful malt backbone with caramel coming to the forefront. They were bitter, but more complex than I had initially thought. American west coast beers like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale and Torpedo, together with Anchor Brewing's IPA became staples in my beer fridge. Seriously, they are a good transition to hoppy brews. I'll split a sixer with you if you want. While definitely bitter, their smooth, malted barley flavours gave me an entrance into the wonderful world of hops.
Now that I know what I was missing, it is not uncommon for me to look for an IPA when choosing a beer to drink. Not just to get a badge on Untappd, but to savour and enjoy. There are so many variations on the style that I don't think I will ever get bored. They can challenge the taste buds in a way no other kind of beer can and that is what makes them among my favourites. Thanks to a better understanding of what I am drinking, I am no longer scared when I see a beer with an IBU of 70+. I look forward to the enjoying all their flavourful notes. You should too.
|Beautiful scene. Too bad about the beer.|
|Lovely beer and a sweet can design too!|
|One of the top ten in 2015!|
|Just a beauty and brewed locally.|
|Short Pier, Long Walk from Refined Fools.|
Don't be scared.
So Damn Good.