When I first started homebrewing (way back in 2009), I was not really a fan of IPA's. I started understanding hop bitterness vs. hop flavor vs. hop aroma and how to extract each in the brewing process. It wasn't until I started getting a handle on how hop bitterness balances malt sweetness that I started getting an appreciation for bitterness. It wasn't until I got that appreciation of bitterness that I started to understand and like IPA's.
So, I really have my brewing experience to thank for my appreciation of IPA's.
Here are the last 6 IPA's I've had (before today).
Black Shirt Brewing's India Red Ale. (7/20/2014 ... at my house)
Modus Hoperandi IPA by Ska. (7/14/2014 ... at SheppyBrew Brewery)
Canonball Creek's Mindbender IPA: (7/12/2014 ... at Canonball Creek's tasting room)
The Brew on Broadway (Bob) Tuileries IPA: (7/6/2014 at BOB's tasting room)
Tommyknocker's IPA & A Half: (7/20/2014 at The Wild Animal Sanctary)
Dad & Dude's Dank IPA: (6/29/2014 .. in my back yard)
I am quite sure I'll have one or more IPA's today. By the time you read this, my 6 most recent might be completely different.
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Like last year, I have actually scheduled blog posts to publish throughout the day. Don't judge me. You can see all I have written or will write about #IPADay at: http://blog.ericshepard.com/search/label/%23IPADay