Intro to IPAs for noobs
May 22, 2010 4:20 PM Subscribe
BeerFilter: I usually like bitter things, but I can't get into IPAs. Please explain them to me in very small words. (Bonus points for recommending interesting ones to try in the New England area.)
I can get into pretty much every other variety of beer, and I love really dark beers. IPAs are a mystery. I get that they're an acquired taste, but I'm having a hard time getting past the soapy flavor. It makes the ones I've tried seem one-dimensional (all! hops! all! the! time!) even when I suspect there's more to them. I probably haven't tried enough to give them a fair shake, but the soapiness is nuts.
Does the acclimation process consist of eventually no longer feeling that they taste soapy, or of accepting that soapiness is an interesting flavor? Or am I doomed to never like IPAs? That would be sad.
(I)PAs I've already tried:
-- Great Lakes Burning River
-- Ithaca Beer Co Cascazilla
-- Saranac Pale Ale