Jon Walker wrote:
tuqueboy wrote:As far as the sliding style issue goes, I guess that's a judgement call. Playing devil's advocate, is it possible your tastebuds are changing and what once seemed boldly-hoppy now seems only meh?
Well...if I were a newbie to the style there might be more creedence to that. However I lived on the West Coast for nearly a decade before coming here.
The SI website talks about SI beers being SO renowned for their extreme hoppiness in Ontario (when, in about 2005?)
Not only is this statement a broad over-generalization of the whole Scotch Irish range of beers, it is nowadays pretty far off in regards to the IPA it is mainly referring to.
I'm not holding my breath waiting for Sgt. Majors IPA to prickle my nostrils again anytime soon either. Them hops is left the station. Like Jon says, you used to just uncap a bottle and it immediately made your nosehairs tingle with funky pine & grapefruit peel aromas.
With American IPAs now arriving upon a scene of eager consumers, a less than convincing one from our own region seems quite obselete. (Ahh, hopefully somebody else here will get around to it if the market proves itself.)