I didn’t start truly appreciating the complexity of the IPA until I started homebrewing.
Translation: I didn’t know what all went into an IPA until I made really, really undrinkable, terrible disgusting beer.
Prior to reading The Complete Joy of Homebrewing from Chuck Papazian, I was certain I knew all there was to know about beer flavors. I mean I had sampled everything from Bud and Bud Light, Miller Lite and MGD, Coors and that Coors Banquet stubby buddy, to the rarer Ice-based beers like Bud Ice and Icehouse, and the canine brands like Red Dog, national brands like Falls City, regal royal brands like Olde English, the bull-centered brand Red Bull (the malt liquor not the energy drink), and then let’s not forget Keystone, Old Milwaukee, Pabst and Old Style. DANG. I think I just described the entire world of beer, y’all. I’m a cultured guy, what can I say?