A hoppy beer for someone that doesn't like hops?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ash37, Sep 11, 2013.

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  1. ash37

    ash37 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2013 Indiana

    I love stouts, ales, barleywine, porters.... Etc but I can stand hoppy beers, I just can't. I tried Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale the other day, I thought this might be good, couldn't even finish 6oz's. So I wanted to know if any of you guys know of a hoppy beer that non hop lovers seem to like ? ( I know this is a weird request ) I have been interested in Heady Topper(I'm not sure why) but I'm sure I will hate it
  2. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I've converted many with Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
  3. sajaffe1

    sajaffe1 Aspirant (274) Feb 16, 2013 Utah

    I am not a big IPA fan, but Oskar Blues G'Night Red IPA is pretty good.
  4. zid

    zid Champion (866) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    ... but I'm sure you will hate it. :wink:
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  5. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Why are you forcing yourself to drink something you don't like?
    I think your time, money and calories would be better spent exploring the styles you do like.
  6. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    power of conformity is huge, right?

    next he will want barnyard brett beers that are light on the fecal notes :wink:

    (OP, you know people will want to tease you on this)
  7. ash37

    ash37 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2013 Indiana

    Yeah I know it sounds dumb, I just thought it would be nice to find at least one ipa I would like
  8. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    If you want to start drinking a new style, try Belgians.
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  9. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Actually I have a 3 year old Pliny.
    I am sure all the hops have faded. Sounds right up your alley.
  10. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Do you like grapefruit juice? Try Racer 5
    Pineapple Juice? Bell's Two Hearted.
    Summer fruits? Ithaca Flower Power
    Citrus? Little Sumpin Sumpin
    Pine? Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Balance? Ballast Point Big Eye
  11. ash37

    ash37 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2013 Indiana

    Thanks man for recommendations, ill check them out
  12. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    If you hate hoppy bitter beers why force it? Drink what you like.
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  13. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Why? :slight_smile:
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  14. buddha5050

    buddha5050 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Michigan

    I would go with Founders All Day I.P.A.,Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, Bells Two Hearted
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  15. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Anything from Lagunitas. They're hoppy, but they're also really sweet so they can appeal to people who don't like the intense bitterness from most IPAs. I would recommend Lucky #13, Little Sumpin Wild, or Brown Shugga
  16. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    It kinda got lost.. when I found it the beer was a year or so old.
    Now it just sits on the credenza in my office.
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  17. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Can anyone recommend a good steak for someone who doesn't like red meat?
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  18. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Grill a portabello mushroom with a little olive oil
  19. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Aspirant (205) Aug 12, 2008 California

    If hops aren't your thing, I think pale ales like SN, Deschutes Mirror Pond, FW Pale 31 might be worth a look. If it must be an IPA, try FW Union Jack -- it's citrusy vs. piney. IMHO.
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  20. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (566) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    Stoked on the Big Eye reference. Big Eye gets overshadowed by Sulpin.

    Love me some big eye!
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  21. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (454) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois


    Why is there so many posts on this site about IPAs? There are so many styles of beer out there! If you like them, you like them. If you don't, then you don't.
  22. Tombfyre

    Tombfyre Initiate (170) Aug 18, 2008 Ohio
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    I was also turned off by IPA's when I first got into craft beer. Troegs Nugget Nectar was my gate way drug.
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  23. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (791) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Try Brooklyn Lager
  24. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    DFH 90 minute might be worth a try. It is very well balanced...a bit of sweetness to it that many IPA/DIPAs don't have. And if you like brews a bit higher on the ABV side, it's nice (it's really easy drinking for a 9% ABV beer). Great mouthfeel, too.
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  25. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Poo-Bah (3,605) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    DFH 90 - start with DIPAs and work your way down. I couldn't stand IPAs for years and now can't get enough of them.
  26. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,067) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Anchor Liberty has long been the place to start- gentle waves of tangerine and grapefruit, balanced with light caramel, and very, very drinkable.

    Just make sure you check out their crazy-ass bottle dating system before getting some:
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  27. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Perhaps an English style IPA. The Shed IPA is like orange marmalade on stone crackers.
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  28. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    If I hated hoppy brews I'd go for English brews. Even XBs are pretty tame. Damn if I would force myself to like anything , I hate liver so I don't eat it. Simple
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  29. MagnusThunnus

    MagnusThunnus Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2013 North Carolina

    All Day IPA. Maybe start with a hoppy stout or a black IPA. Maybe the Hoppybunny from Duck Rabbit.
  30. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Another idea would be Barleywins or dipas with some age on them. You'd get the hops not the bitter as it went more malty.
  31. BradStokley

    BradStokley Disciple (347) Jan 19, 2013 Maryland
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    Drink what you like man, don't force it. If you don't like hops, just don't drink IPAs as most are defined by their hop profile.
  32. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Isn't this kind of like starting a thread asking what kind of cut of steak to get for a vegetarian?

    If you don't like hops, there's plenty of alternatives. Drink those. :wink:
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  33. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (543) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Head Hunter IPA is available in Indiana, and it's an excellent IPA.
    Though, I would start with pale ales to begin your lupulin threashold shift and then work your way up to the bigger IPAs. Staying with the Indiana brews, FFF gumballhead. If you can get Fountain Squarte stuff, the hop for teacher has a nice hop character but isn't palette crushing.
  34. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (624) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I don't think I can help you here.

    Maybe age some IPAs and try that
  35. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (746) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    That's good, but EKU Pils is truly bone dry with a serious German hop signature. Hops is hops.
  36. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Don't worry about hopping on the IPA bandwagon. Most of them taste the same anyways. Just check for styles that you really like. Why waste money/time/calories on a style you do not enjoy?
  37. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Well, first, stouts, porters and barleywines are all ales. So there's that.

    Secondly, stouts, porters and barleywines can be pretty hoppy without the bite IPAs have, so maybe they're already satisfying your hop urge.

    If you go to the beer styles list on this website, you'll find---I'm not going to bother counting them---a whole lotta beer styles to like aside from IPAs. So start down that list and you'll find so many you do like that two 2 styles you don't care for will be forgotten about.
  38. BeerAssassin

    BeerAssassin Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2012 Antarctica

    I'm confused why would you buy beer you know you won't like? I usually hate hops too, but I will say Headys different, in a good way, maybe you just don't like stone. I can't stand lots of their beers. My advice try Heady if you don't like it don't keep wasting money on hoppy beer, I don't.
  39. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (791) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Tuna steak.
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  40. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Large portabllo mushrooms too
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