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The Professor:

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--- Quote from: MDixon on January 15, 2013, 05:53:31 AM ---Cracked open one of these last night. At first I was a bit put off by the simplicity ...

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Wow.  Are palates really becoming so jaded that simplicity and balance  are offputting?
I'm much more put off these days by so many new brews coming out that just overdo  everything,  resulting in a muddled mess. 



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Did you read the blog or the rest of my sentence?

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Of course I did ...I read it all.
Actually, while the quoted line did prompt my comment, my response wasn't really directed at you but rather, just  general observation of the state of brewing.     I've heard quite a few other comments similar to the quoted line (in other forums, elsewhere on the net, and in person from other beer lovers)  that implied such simplicity was simply "lame".  There is, after all, a contingent of beer geeks that will dismiss any beer that isn't an over-the-top melange of what is often just too much of everything.

I'm glad you're not one of those.
Sorry for the confusion.  I should have been much clearer in my expression, and clearly acknowledged that I was taking the comment out of context to make a broader point.

herky21:
I was prompted to purchase a 6-pack with the incentive of receiving a bottle signed by Jack Mauliffe.  For $8.49, it seemed like the risk on the beer was worth it.  It is quaffable and delicious in its simplicity. I really enjoy the balance and how the hop flavor really comes through in the obviously simple grain bill.

alcaponejunior:

--- Quote from: herky21 on March 08, 2013, 10:00:55 PM ---I was prompted to purchase a 6-pack with the incentive of receiving a bottle signed by Jack Mauliffe.  For $8.49, it seemed like the risk on the beer was worth it.  It is quaffable and delicious in its simplicity. I really enjoy the balance and how the hop flavor really comes through in the obviously simple grain bill.

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I really wonder if it's much more than 2-row.  Again, don't get me wrong, I thought it was very enjoyable in its simplicity.  Simple drinkable beers without a ton of hops to hide behind are really quite a bit more impressive than another hop-bomb of a commercial beer.  Honestly I've gotten tired of commercial hop-bombs, I'd rather make them myself and drink something commercial that's harder to make and less forgiving.  I've seen on my blonde ale what a big difference that just a small ingredient change can make.  Never noticed that with a hoppy APA or IPA.

erockrph:

--- Quote from: alcaponejunior on March 10, 2013, 06:31:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: herky21 on March 08, 2013, 10:00:55 PM ---I was prompted to purchase a 6-pack with the incentive of receiving a bottle signed by Jack Mauliffe.  For $8.49, it seemed like the risk on the beer was worth it.  It is quaffable and delicious in its simplicity. I really enjoy the balance and how the hop flavor really comes through in the obviously simple grain bill.

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I really wonder if it's much more than 2-row.  Again, don't get me wrong, I thought it was very enjoyable in its simplicity.  Simple drinkable beers without a ton of hops to hide behind are really quite a bit more impressive than another hop-bomb of a commercial beer.  Honestly I've gotten tired of commercial hop-bombs, I'd rather make them myself and drink something commercial that's harder to make and less forgiving.  I've seen on my blonde ale what a big difference that just a small ingredient change can make.  Never noticed that with a hoppy APA or IPA.

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Unless Sam Adams changed the recipe it is simply 2-row and Cascade.

I've been following a similar trend with my commercial beer purchases as well. I typically stay away from commercial hop bombs as well, but generally because they're way fresher when I brew my own. (Although I am really enjoying a reasonably fresh bottle of Palate Wrecker right now)

redbeerman:
Americans tend to overdo everything.  Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not.

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