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Earthy Tasting IPAs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by InVinoVeritas, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    I’ve contemplated posting this for some time, as I’ve really been trying a fair amount of new IPAs. I by no means have that dialed in of a palate. I’ve enjoyed a number that I’d describe as earthy, organic and chewy. Some that I can think of are Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ and Sweetwater IPA . . . may even add Union Jack, but some time has pasted since I tried one, which was my one and only time tasting. So first and foremost, what is it that I’m picking up, certain type of hops, process and so on? Second, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I think 'earthy' is a bit subjective but I usually find it in bold DIPAs. For me, Devil Dancer and Simtra were quite earthy. But earthy to me may not be earthy to you. I also think Haverhill's Leatherlips is earthy but that is a local/Boston area brew.
  3. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Savant (420) Minnesota Apr 23, 2007

    I never had an "earthy" IPA, but every now and then I catch a hint of tomato and garlic...
  4. Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere comes to mind but you won't find that for awhile
  5. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (815) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Verified

    Look into some English IPAs. They more often have some very earthy hop profile / malt combinations.
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  6. babaracas

    babaracas Advocate (505) Florida Jan 30, 2008 Verified

    Our "earthy" detectors might be calibrated differently, because I would not describe any of the beers you list as earthy, but, as a state, NC seems to produce a fair amount of IPAs that are far from the west coast bright, citrusy IPA and closer to the earthy, fruity, not yeast-neutral end of the spectrum.
  7. Rubicon out of Sacramento is definitely an earthy one. +1 on the Anderson Valley.
  8. to me union jack is the opposite of an earthy IPA. Its a tropical citrus bomb. just mo
  9. BKBassist

    BKBassist Advocate (515) New York Jan 24, 2013 Verified

    DFH 60 and 90 minute tend to be much maltier IMO than your average IPA. I wouldn't describe them as earthy necessarily but they aren't hop\citrus bombs. I would lend towards English hop varietals to give you that earthy feel in general.
  10. hopsputin

    hopsputin Advocate (700) New Jersey Apr 1, 2012 Verified

    I'm sipping on a Simtra right now, and I gotta agree. Has a nice earthy-dankness on top of all the mango
  11. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (645) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Verified

    This is not considered an IPA, but New Belgium Red Hoptober has what I would consider the most plesasnt "earthy" hops.
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  12. Zach136

    Zach136 Advocate (610) Georgia Jun 17, 2012 Verified

    I vote Oskar Blue's Deviant Dale's
    denver10 and scootsmal like this.
  13. southern tier unearthly /thread
  14. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Savant (445) South Carolina Jan 21, 2013 Verified

    Sweetwater IPA was very "earthy" to me, my experience is limited with ipa's though.
  15. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    Unearthly, as in out of this world; wouldn't that be the poler opposite haha
  16. lftwng4

    lftwng4 Savant (265) Ohio Oct 12, 2007 Verified

    Earthy, as in kinda dank, musty, smells like weed?
    I've gotten that out of Maharaja, Founder's Double Trouble, almost always from Columbus Brewing IPA(certainly not available unless you're in Columbus). Just had a Simtra last night and I didn't get that smell/taste, but I might be coming down with a cold, as many have noted it's there.
  17. Crusader

    Crusader Savant (430) Sweden Feb 4, 2011

    The only IPA which I have felt had an earthy component was Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. This I attributed to the inclusion of East Kent Goldings hops as I find that beers brewed with British hop variants tend to have the same kind of earthiness as opposed to the fruity citrusy character of American hop variants. The earthiness that I pick up on is rather musty and dank like lftwng4 describes it (wouldn't know about weed though :p) .
  18. Heidelberg7

    Heidelberg7 Savant (380) Illinois Sep 13, 2008

    What is going on with the Caps I am a huge Caps fans and they are playing like crap looks like first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft
  19. The IPAs I consider "earthy" would be Sierra Nevada Estate and Founders Harvest Ale
  20. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (485) Vermont Nov 14, 2011

    If you ever get to Iowa, Toppling Goliath's PsudoSue and to a lesser extent Golden Nugget might be right down your ally. Cheers!

  21. Sly Fox's Rt. 113
  22. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    I feel shall and wish that it was over in 2 mins . . . rude awakening going from recent seasons where you go into games expecting to win, to games expecting to lose. I'm just hoping this is like Money Ball, where once Oates system gets player buy, they rock out huge wins in a row. Not likely to happen, but what else do I have to hope for. They need to rebuild, getting away from a team of individuals to a true team game and never thought that I'd say this, OV's gotta go . . . would have NEVER made him the captain from the start, that would have been Brooks Laich.
  23. Schlafly's American IPA has an earthy flavor that appeals to many people. Personally, I think it tastes like dirt.
  24. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    Thanks for all the help guys. I'll look to try more English IPAs, with specifically Blackheart on the radar!
  25. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (735) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    I think Meantime IPA may have the taste you are describing as earthy
  26. haha it was just a lame joke... a more serious answer would be celebration, always taste pretty earthy and spicy to me.

    in wine there is truth... indeed
  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Hey, onions and garlic grow in the earth right? Grab a Gubna.
  28. Gubna and Resin. I found both really earthy and dank.