Tuesday, October 7, 2014

IPAs are overdone in America

I love the fact that some of the breweries, new and old(er), are coming out with new brews. For example, an old(er) brewery, Founders Brewing Company out of Grand Rapids, recently came out with Mosaic Promise. This Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH) beer focuses on Mosaic Hops and Golden Promise Malt and was made specially for ArtPrize, one of the largest competitive art exhibits in the world, that runs the last week in September, into the first week in October. This is the the first and only time that I have had this beer and I had it from the source at the brewery. Though I am very pleased with what I drank, and most likely will have it again, I am, to a degree, bored by it. Don't get me wrong, it is spot on with what I would expect out of a American IPA! It features a blast of Mosaic hops backed by a great malty backbone from the Golden promise. I'm just bored by IPAs.

The first sip of Mosaic Promise was exciting, because it was a new beer that I have never tried and I have heard rave reviews on. I was exultant by the first few sips, but by the time I was most the way through it, it was just another IPA. I like beers that keeps me wanting more all the way through the beer and when I finish, wants me to buy another. That is the feeling I get when I drink Saison, Wild, Belgian, Stouts, and Porters.

The majority of American craft drinks are self-proclaimed hop heads. I guess this is the that I was when first started homebrewing and drinking craft beer readily in 2006, but I have moved on. No longer do I craved the hopped up beer that destroys your palate and overloads the senses. I like it when I can pull out subtle notes in a beer like some funk in farmhouse ales or caramelized malts and dark pitted fruits in a Belgian quad. Though, I have also had some Belgian beers where the fruits are overpowering to a point where you can no longer taste the subtle earthy and piney notes of the hops that is used in them. I don't like those either, but I feel that I have had much less in number of overpowering Belgians in comparison to the number overpowering IPAs.

One thing that I have found is a lot of the breweries in the U.S. tries to make the new, next best thing with a IPA with the newest hop variety. Is it Imperial, or Black, or Session, or Belgian, or whatever IPA? It has became an over-saturated market for the breweries that brews up IPAs. Why isn't the best selling style for a brewery a Saison or a English Bitter or even a Pilsner? Why do craft beer drinkers love IPAs? I guess that is what the market is and people are influenced by the masses.

I am not trying to criticize IPA, because most of them are well made, but for me, it is too much for me hard for me to drink multiple IPAs in a night because it make the palate fatigued to a point that it is not worth trying to drink anything else. I am not arguing against the fact of drink what you like, because drinking something that you love is something that I like to proclaim. I feel that I get bogged down by the same ol' thing coming out of every brewery in the nation.

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