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Do highly hopped beers mean an overhyped brewery?
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They create them because the craft beer market demands it. Also, there some are breweries that make balanced (more malty) IPA's, Dogfish for example.

Andy, I know you are not into the hop flavor. But it's a flavor that has to be developed. Pretty sure that their are not too many people that have picked up a double IPA for their first beer and loved it. I too hated IPA's just a few years ago. Now I prefer them....
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Well, I have been drinking them for years and I don't mind them, just not my favorite style. I will continue to sample them.
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Hoppin Frog Mean Menalious probably falls in the category that you are talking about. It's just pure hop solution and no value at all. Forgot about that one.
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I'll answer each question as best I can.

- I’m wondering if some of these breweries have been made popular because they produce the highly hopped beers?

I do know that Rogue Brewing out of Oregon, Washington is well known because of the use of hops. Especially since they have their own hop fields that they farm and use themselves. It's quite impressive. If you think about it, the Cascadian Region (which includes B.C., Canada; Washington State; Oregon State; & N. California) produces at least 30% of the world's hops so that makes potent hop varieties and blends more readily available. Therefore a byproduct is more hoppy IPAs & DIPA offerings.

I do know that there are breweries around here that are well known for their IPAs but I haven't seen where they are well-known because.

if a brewery only creates beers that have a mostly hoppy taste, could they create good beers that aren't hoppy? Do they use hops to disguise the taste of their brews? Do they use hops as a crutch? Maybe they are thinking if they produce beers with high hops that they will be accepted by craft beer fans? Is there a brewery like this?

Sure they could make beers that aren't hoppy. The 1st brewery that comes to mind is Central City Brewing. They've won a Bronze a year or so ago in the World Beer Cup for their Barley Wine (Thor's Hammer) [One of my gf's favorites ]

In the Okanagan Valley of BC, they don't make too many IPAs because the market there is mainly lager fans. IPAs wouldn't fly for local consumption. Heck, one Brewpubs makes THREE different kinds of lagers! It boggles the mind a bit. I think that if a craft brewery only sticks to a beer style that is only known by a select demographic, then they will lose business. Producing Lagers & Ales is safe from a business perspective.

did some breweries start creating highly hopped beer after they became popular and do some of these breweries offer only beers that are high in hops?

I do know that Alexander Kieth's (AK) is known for their IPA but many craft beer aficionados don't consider it a true IPA (I confess I'm one of these individuals). I don't think it has enough IBU count to play with a true IPA. What AK DOES have is the financial ownership of Molson / Labatts (I can't remember which), and therefore has toned down their IPA for mass consumption. One perspective is to look at it as an "IPA with training wheels". If I meet someone who claims they drink IPAs & it's AK, then I say that "It's a start, but I can show you some real adult IPA if you're interested".

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The Alchemist comes to mind. One beer super hopped. Never had it though. There are a few IPAs that peg my hop o meter. Once I can't taste anything but bitter with no floral, grapefruit, or even resin I don't enjoy those beers. DIPAs on the other hand usually have enough malts to allow the hop characteristics to be tasted. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid I usually enjoy. Sometime Torpedo pegs out the hop meter other times I enjoy it. Not sure why. Maybe freshness matters. Same experience with Hop Czar. (Widmer I think)
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