Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Hops or Malt?
Whoa now, that's quite a question, eh? But, lately with all the talk of IPAs, Double IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Triple IPAs......hops, hops, and more flippin' hops, it had me asking a question of myself: If I had to choose a beer that was predominantly hoppy or predominantly malty, which would I choose? Ok, it seemed like a fair question in my head, but now that I am attempting to commit a position for the world to see, I'm starting to quake a bit in my boots. In a rare attempt to keep this short (hey, you, quiet in the peanut gallery!), I will stake a claim to the grain. I'm thinking of some nice brown ales, scotch ales, stouts, bocks, hefeweizens, and some Belgians where you get so many great characteristics in the beer with many thanks to the malted grain. Oh, but wait, how can I turn my back on the extremely wonderful traits that the hop flower brings to a beer's overall profile. I can't. It's just too painful to think of the beer world without the big, in-your-face IPAs that Hop Devil, Alpha King, and Pliny the Elder give to us. So, what have I concluded here today? Well, give me a rich, malty brew but do not close my membership in the HopsRUs club .