Saturday, June 03, 2006

A beer that's too hoppy for me

I didn't think it was possible, but I have met my match — I have actually encountered the beer that is too hoppy for me. I went to Grapevine Market with great excitement when they announced they had a shipment of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, supposedly just about the most hop-loaded beer you can find. I'm not sure, but I think I got their very last bottle, and got it on sale — it's normally $10 for a 12-ounce bottle (yes, you read that right — $10 for just one bottle. In Norway, Karla refers to this as simply "beer.") Mrs. Beer Lover and I split it, and our eyes bugged out on the first sip. (The 20 percent alcohol may have had something to do with that as well.) She pretty quickly settled into liking it, but I just can't say I ever found my taste for it. You know the "bitter beer face" in the Keystone ads on TV? I was making that face. And I never make that face. I'm a champion of bitterness. I love Dogfish Head 60 Minute, and their 90 Minute is easily the best IPA I've ever had. But this was just too much. Maybe some of you other IPA lovers can track down a bottle and splurge and compare notes with me.

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