Extreme Beers (No Comments)

Extreme Beers— Link to a NYtimes article about extremely hoppy beers. My favorite quote from the article is this:

 “The hoppiest beer?” Garrett asked. “It’s a fairly idiotic pursuit, like a chef saying, ‘This is the saltiest dish.’ Anyone can toss hops in a pot, but can you make it beautiful?”

Now I have to agree with that statement. I fully admit that I am not a fan of extremely bitter beers (though I am starting to develop a taste). I do, however, appreciate a hoppy beer from the sense that there are many which I sip and think ‘hey someone might really like this’. Sadly, I think some folks really take it overboard and think of hops useage as somesort of a contest– the result are beers which are so bitter they make you pucker and sneer. These are in no way shape or form what I would consider good beer. However, if you have ever had a really hoppy beer which uses them in a balanced manner where the beer has aroma, fresh hoppy flavor, and bitterness (though not extreme) this is like an art form. It is nearly impossible to master, but to those that do kudos.

 –Cindy

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