I prefer Porters and Stouts and generally steer clear of anything “hop-forward” or “IPA”.
That being said, while I am finishing up brewing 1 gal. batches before moving on to 5 gal. full volume boils, I figured I’d get adventurous and try something I normally wouldn’t. The Black IPA sounded intriguing- maybe the “black” would offset the “IPA”.
After racking to the bottling bucket, I took a whiff…definite hop cloud. Feeling as though I made a huge mistake, (what was I thinking- it had “IPA” in the name!!), I figured I’d bottle it up anyway and finish what I started.
After bottle conditioning and 2 days in the fridge, I almost dreaded opening a bottle but figured I’d follow through and get it over with. I took a small sip and prepared for the hop hammer’s bitterness to assault my tongue but it didn’t happen. Instead of the bitterness, I got the floral, citrus, and piney notes along with a decent malty backbone that complimented it well. I actually liked this “hoppy” beer…a LOT!
I will definitely brew this again in the 5 gal. kit. Though I might reduce the bittering hops about 20% to offset the hop utilization from a full volume boil.
Does anyone have any recommendations for any other beers that are hoppy, yet not bitter?