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I don't mind some of the hoppier stuff, but it can get ridiculous. Keith's is an IPA, but is only mildly hoppy the way it should be.
My bigger complaint with craft beers is the alcohol content. I've seen them as high as 8 1/2 percent. In order to get that content, the beer must be outrageously sweet.
 

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My bigger complaint with craft beers is the alcohol content. I've seen them as high as 8 1/2 percent. In order to get that content, the beer must be outrageously sweet.
um, no - a) the yeast eats the sugars and converts it to alcohol - look at the label; no sugar is in the ingredients; they just add more malt and /or brew longer b) is it too bitter or too sweet - make up yer dang mind ;P

I like IPAs. I like sessions more. If it weren't so dang expensive I'd drink dry-hopped New England style APAs all the time (all the fruitiness; almost none of the bitter). Anyway, like any class of beer - some are better than others (and what's better will vary person to person).

Then again, go back to the classic Eastern European pilsners (my first beer love) and they are pretty dang bitter too (see Radeberger - old school/old world hoppiness), but without the fruitiness. Personally I like the grapefruit flavours in American IPAs.

Hell, it beats the whole sour beer thing, and don't get me started on overspiced saisons (including many local craft brewers fall/holiday season offerings that are just drowning in clove). I'm not a fan of darker beers anymore either; used to like porters n such when I was a teenager but now I can't stand them. Heavily flavoured beer is not a new thing at all; in fact, watery beer (like anything mainstream/big international brand) is in the grand scheme of things the abomination.

Now if you want an easy drinking conservatively flavoured beer, there's nothing better than Mill St Stock Ale (forget their organic lager with it's rather skunky aftertaste -Stock's the cleanest finish ever).
 

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I like hops in my beer, but I agree that some beers go way too far with it - though some people seem to like them. Our local brewery seems to strike a nice balance with all of their beers - I have yet to try one that I felt was too hoppy. They recently launched a double-hopped IPA, which I was a bit leary of, but it is very well balanced - one of my faves, but it is 8.5% alcohol so I have to plan ahead.

I also always claimed to not be a fan of Saisons, but now two of my favourite local seasonal brews are Saisons.

Still not a fan of Porter or Stout - though our local brewery has yet to make a Stout - maybe they will manage to win me over with that too.

FWIW, Keith's IPA is pretty good for mass-produced beer, but it's not IPA. ;-)
 

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It all depends on what variety of hops are used. My favourite beers are pilsners which as has been mentioned can be quite bitter but if done right are very thirst quenching. Done wrong, they need a water chaser which defeats the whole purpose. It seems many craft brewers are in a contest to make the hoppiest IPA possible. I much prefer the milder versions. When in the UK my favourite beers are bitters, which are not usually that bitter, but I’ve never tasted a decent bitter in North America yet.
 

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Canuck and Naughty Neighbour are the two ‘new generation’ IPAs I drink regularly. Very hoppy; an acquired taste for sure. After my first Canuck I said I never wanted to drink another one, but that was three years ago.
 

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The bitterness of a hoppy beer is an acquired taste. Used to hate it at first, now I enjoy it quite a bit. Find it refreshing!

My average 'hoppy' meter would be the Tankhouse. Some of Flying Monkey beers can be over the top. Not a big fan of double IPAs, it's just hops and no taste.
 

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Just got back from Vegas and the craft thing has taken off. Had the signature draft for Holsteins restaurant and it was so hoppy I couldn’t finish it. Wife said I should have sent it back. Keep swinging Yanks.
 

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it took off years ago and I wish it had been sooner to the mainstream. the majority of Canadian beer was/is terrible and the US a joke for the most part but teenage me wasn't going to really complain. the Europeans have been doing a great job on the lighter beers and the craft market filled the flavour gap that was ever so lacking here. I like reading that Keith's IPA is considered 'hoppy'
 

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I love the super hoppy beers, though they are not a hot summer quaffing beer. My favourites are East coast styles such as Hu Jon Hops from NB, Tatamagouche from NS and Gahan from PEI. The Ontario brews that come close are Headstock and Collecive Arts’ Life in the clouds and Ryme and Reason. These have a balance between bitterness and bouquet. Unfiltered too please...
For those Hop Heads out there...
 

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Our local brewery seems to strike a nice balance with all of their beers - I have yet to try one that I felt was too hoppy. They recently launched a double-hopped IPA, which I was a bit leary of, but it is very well balanced - one of my faves, but it is 8.5% alcohol so I have to plan ahead


FWIW, Keith's IPA is pretty good for mass-produced beer, but it's not IPA. ;-)
Innocente in Warterloo has a smooth DIPA which is an ass kicker if not careful.
And agreed with Keith’s. Ok beer but no closer to an IPA than Budweiser or Coors light is.
Of course YMMV
 

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I can't get behind those hoppy craft beers. I feel like people force themselves to like them because it's trendy. They taste like taking a regular domestic beer, and trying to use it to wash down the bitter taste from a pill you chewed up.
sounds like you’re a Budweiser man
 

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I'll take a Belgium Blonde or gueze or a trappist ale or a Weiss, before I'll think about a Canadian beer.
 

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sounds like you’re a Budweiser man
Only if I'm desperate.

I drink Oland Export in the colder months and Schooner during the summer. I'll also settle for a Keith's or Coors Banquet draught if those are my options at the bar.

NS Keith's is a bit better tasting than Ontario brewed Keiths.
 

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So alcohol is yeast shit?
Yep - I used that as a lyric once.

And agreed with Keith’s. Ok beer but no closer to an IPA than Budweiser or Coors light is.
Of course YMMV
I get what you mean, but Coors and Bud are much further away from IPA (beer in general) due to (contrary to my previous statement) being based off corn syrup (use less malt; cheaper) and/or rice (vs barley). At least Keiths is actually beer.... or was, it's kinda gone up and down (company was bought or something) and I haven't checked recently.
 
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