Originally Posted by FlyWright
Since you guys like hoppy IPAs like I do, I gotta tell you about a new favorite from Sierra Nevada. I'm a big fan of SN brews, especially the Torpedo Extra IPA. They now have a new IPA made with distilled hop oil called Hop Hunter IPA. My local grocery stores carry it. It's a great tasting IPA with less ABV than the Torpedos! (6.2% vs. 7.2%)
Gotta love a beer that bites back!!
American craft brewers make quality lagers and ales but I just don't understand their fixation with tons of hops. Yes, I see see having a hoppy offering but so many craft brewers offer just big, hoppy ales with maybe a milder ale for the "wimps". IMHO, a good beer has balance, sweetness balanced by more hops for example. In food cooking if one were to use tons of garlic in a dish, the other flavors and the food itself would be overwhelmed. That is how I find most American beers. To my taste, virtually any German beer is a better choice. I find hem to be universally well-balanced some of which are on the bitter (hoppy) side. Give me a German or Belgian beer any day. To those IPA fans try a Ballantine India Pale Ale. The Ballantine offering has been around for decades and may be the original American-made IPA. It is highly hopped, high in alcohol and has a solid oak flavor, as any IPA should have. Be careful.