In the early to mid 90s when my beer peeps and I were just getting our beer boots wet, I proclaimed myself as a hop-head. This was actually a new term in those days, We hop heads were excited by bitter. The same way those guys that order suicide hot wings and keep eating in spite of dripping a pool of capsaicin sweat.
My beer peeps didn’t see craft beer the same way. They were worshipping the likes of badass beers such as Golden Monkey and Storm King. While I was also a Monkey junky, beers such as Imperial stouts were a bit much for me. Did I mention these were the early years? I eventually overcame my aversion for Russian Imperials. But IPA’s and Double IPA’s would remain on the top of my list for years to come. Don’t get me wrong, I eventually became an equal opportunist beer drinker and as of recent, my preference for the bitter has been finishing last. The truth be told, I was suffering from eternal hop fatigue.
This reminds me of the international IPA day I participated in last year. My local beer bar featured 15 various IPAs on draft and by the third I had enough. My tongue was scraped by the layers. In the last year I consumed few hop bombs and even the more balanced IPAs were too much. Last night after purchasing a six-pack of Two Hearted Ale, (a great IPA) I can honestly say, no more.
Ok, I will leave room for Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe IPA and have still yet to try Pliny. But I think I will be staying home during this year’s IPA day.
So tell me what beers you have been neglecting lately.