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2012-09-14 10:54:43 PM  
People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.
 
2012-09-14 11:47:48 PM  

NowhereMon: People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.


Yeah, I'm way tired of hop bombs, too. I like the initial taste, but the finish is way too bitter. Unless, of course, you're making it to keep for a long time before it gets a clearance sale sticker

/nuance, people, NUANCE
//it builds character
 
2012-09-14 11:48:09 PM  
Way ahead of you, subby.

i798.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-14 11:49:49 PM  
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-15 12:02:38 AM  

NowhereMon: People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.


gotta agree. I'm not a big fan of beers where I feel like I'm drinking a pine tree. Hops is a good accent, but I prefer my beers with more malt flavor than you'd find in an IPA.

Or a good stoudt. love a good stoudt.
 
2012-09-15 12:08:36 AM  
www.brainardbrewing.com

Hoppy with some grapefruit finishes. Perfect for a hot summer day.
 
2012-09-15 12:09:27 AM  
Too many IPA haters on Fark nowadays. Sure, it's like the pop music of beer snobbery, but I still love me a good IPA. Love the flavor, love the look, love that I don't have to piss every five minutes like I did in college drinking Natty Light.

I also happen to love pale ales and stouts and wheat beers of all shapes and colors. But an IPA? Oooh yeah.
 
2012-09-15 12:14:13 AM  
For many years, Harpoon IPA was my default beer; it's subtle and it's good.
 
2012-09-15 12:18:04 AM  

NowhereMon: Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops.


I'm the jerk who says "You can't have enough hops!" I'm also the jerk who dares the chef to make the Étouffée too hot for me to eat. Yes, I'm a jerk.
 
2012-09-15 12:23:15 AM  
I cannot drink IPA's immediately after a breakfast of pork, eggs, and bagels. But I like them most other times.

I am mostly hooked on Sam Adams Boston Lager. I switched from Bud Light, tried out the various beers that were available and settled on Sam Adams. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a close second.
 
2012-09-15 12:29:40 AM  

jaylectricity: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a close second.


Sierra Nevada is a great choice for your standard grocery store 12-pack. I love Sam Adams variety packs. However, there are some variety packs which have 9 beers and 3 gross Bonfire ales which to me are undrinkable. No thanks if I want a beer that tastes like smoke I'll buy some liquid smoke and put it in my beer.
 
2012-09-15 12:30:24 AM  

jaylectricity: I cannot drink IPA's immediately after a breakfast of pork, eggs, and bagels. But I like them most other times.

I am mostly hooked on Sam Adams Boston Lager. I switched from Bud Light, tried out the various beers that were available and settled on Sam Adams. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a close second.


Yeah, so you are part of the problem, now what?
 
2012-09-15 12:31:55 AM  
Certain beer styles just taste better at different times of the year

Oh STFU.
 
2012-09-15 12:39:35 AM  

crypticsatellite: For many years, Harpoon IPA was my default beer; it's subtle and it's good.


god dammit I miss Harpoon IPA.
 
2012-09-15 12:39:56 AM  
All. Year. Long....

i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-09-15 12:43:14 AM  

jaylectricity: I cannot drink IPA's immediately after a breakfast of pork, eggs, and bagels. But I like them most other times.

I am mostly hooked on Sam Adams Boston Lager. I switched from Bud Light, tried out the various beers that were available and settled on Sam Adams. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a close second.


Sam Adams is good. Not too hoppy for me. I like their Cherry Wheat too.
 
2012-09-15 01:14:07 AM  
SOON.

Although I do love the Dogfish IPAs too. And some Flying Dog Raging Biatch.
 
2012-09-15 01:30:57 AM  
How about sour Belgian IPAs? These dudes also make a crazy tasty sour belgian imperial stout. If I weren't already drunk I'd drink some more. 

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-15 01:37:25 AM  

NowhereMon: Yeah, so you are part of the problem, now what?


I was unaware there was a beer drinking problem. Someone please fill me in on this.

SilentStrider: I like their Cherry Wheat too.


Now you're just trolling.
 
2012-09-15 02:12:02 AM  

Introitus: crypticsatellite: For many years, Harpoon IPA was my default beer; it's subtle and it's good.

god dammit I miss Harpoon IPA.


Can't get it where you are? Or can't drink at all?
 
2012-09-15 02:23:28 AM  

jaylectricity: SilentStrider: I like their Cherry Wheat too.

Now you're just trolling.



Lulz.

But in all seriousness, that stuff tastes like medicine.

And now onto the beer porn:

i1218.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-15 04:03:15 AM  
I'm fairly new to drinking beer, having been a liquor drinker since I was legal to buy. But I've found that while I like a good craft stout or a hefe, I just can't do an IPA unless I'm already drunk. My problem with beer all those years was it was just too damn bitter. And an IPA is JUST bitter.

I've had a couple from a couple different breweries, and while I love most of their other beer I just couldn't do the IPA. My brother keeps telling me "You'll get there, though," but I'm doubtful on that.
 
2012-09-15 05:02:37 AM  
www.thatsnerdalicious.com
 
2012-09-15 05:07:11 AM  
When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.
 
2012-09-15 06:19:10 AM  

MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.


Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?
 
2012-09-15 06:30:02 AM  
I was really into IPAs and loved hops for awhile after I turned 21, probably because they were the first beers wit ha flavor other than piss that I'd tasted. I still like IPAs sometimes, but it pisses me off how ridiculously popular they are. Even in shops with a wide selection of good beers, the majority are IPAs with as much hops as can be crammed into a bottle. Why can't we have a Doppelbock craze, or a Porter craze, or something without insane levels of hops? I mean sure, Belgian-style beers are popular now too, and I like them, but at a lot of stores my options are shiatty American lagers, over-hopped IPAs, overly sweet and alcoholic Belgian-style beers, and one or two each of any other variety. The burgeoning beer enthusiasm in the US is awesome, but its' too limited. Why is it so hard to find a Dunkelweiss in the US?
 
2012-09-15 06:32:13 AM  

NobleHam:

My apologies for my typos, I've had too much whiskey tonight. (One alcohol industry which is just right by me.)

 
2012-09-15 06:36:21 AM  

sariq: NowhereMon: Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops.

I'm the jerk who says "You can't have enough hops!" I'm also the jerk who dares the chef to make the Étouffée too hot for me to eat. Yes, I'm a jerk.


Ditto to both, and there's still never enough hops or heat. Actually, I ate a burger with 'ghost peppers' on it once, that was hot enough.
 
2012-09-15 06:37:20 AM  

WhyteRaven74: [www.thatsnerdalicious.com image 456x700]


LoL :)
www.theperfectlyhappyman.com
I'll have one of these, or two or well more :)
 
2012-09-15 06:38:41 AM  

Shadowknight: I'm fairly new to drinking beer, having been a liquor drinker since I was legal to buy. But I've found that while I like a good craft stout or a hefe, I just can't do an IPA unless I'm already drunk. My problem with beer all those years was it was just too damn bitter. And an IPA is JUST bitter.


A good IPA will be more than just bitter but the hop race is used to disguise a poor beer. Take away the bitterness and most of the hop bombs have as much taste as Bud.

The hop race is tied into the ABV race. The taste has taken a back seat to macho posturing and marketing.

Me i like a fruity taste to my bitter so i tend to home in on Broadside by Adnams or Nelsons Revenge from Woodfordes.

/Tried Sam Adams and Serria Navada
//Ok as beers goes but nothing special
 
2012-09-15 06:44:20 AM  

Shadowknight: MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.

Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?


Southern Tier Pumpking....so good.
 
2012-09-15 06:46:51 AM  

Shadowknight: MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.

Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?


No. Pumpkin beers suck. Try one once a year in October, but otherwise avoid em. I usually don't even drink them in October anymore.
 
2012-09-15 06:54:02 AM  

NobleHam: Shadowknight: MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.

Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?

No. Pumpkin beers suck. Try one once a year in October, but otherwise avoid em. I usually don't even drink them in October anymore.


Sure if you abhor rich delicious flavor and/or pumpkin pie then they suck.
 
2012-09-15 07:00:20 AM  
Just ship me a case of Dale's Pale Ale to London once a month or so, and we're cool
 
2012-09-15 07:02:03 AM  
Way ahead of you.
www.worldbeercollection.com
 
2012-09-15 07:12:47 AM  
I like one every now and again, but drinking more than one in a row would turn my face inside out.
 
2012-09-15 07:25:04 AM  
They picked Pale Ale *over* Founder's Centennial IPA? Link, I am disappoint.

I don't like IPAs all that often, but when I'm in the mood, Centennial it is.

Glenford: Way ahead of you.
[www.worldbeercollection.com image 225x325]


Man, I haven't seen Alexander Keith in ages. Is it even possible to buy it in the US?
 
2012-09-15 07:25:33 AM  
IPA's are terrible.

I don't understand the love. I love beer.

I don't like drinking something that tastes like it has fermented dandelion leaves and wormweed in it.

Ecch. Give me a good clear rich lager anyday, and you can have your lip-pursing echhh-ale.

Like Pinot Grigio, I know it's the "thing" to like right now, but I've never tasted an exceptional Pinot Grigio either.
 
2012-09-15 07:30:50 AM  

SilentStrider: NowhereMon: People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.

gotta agree. I'm not a big fan of beers where I feel like I'm drinking a pine tree. Hops is a good accent, but I prefer my beers with more malt flavor than you'd find in an IPA.

Or a good stoudt. love a good stoudt.


Stoudt's is a brewery, Stout is a beer style. I'll assume you are talking about the beer style.
 
2012-09-15 07:35:04 AM  
When my friends buy a New Belgium variety pack, I always get stuck with all the Rangers. Its not my favorite, but among my friends I'm the only one who can handle it.
 
2012-09-15 07:36:06 AM  
Thank you come again.
 
2012-09-15 07:37:10 AM  

Shadowknight: MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.

Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?


Pumpkin beers go back to colonial times when they didn't really have the proper ingredients to brew regular beer, so they used sugar pumpkins instead. It more like a squash wine and tasted nothing like modern pumpkin pie beers.

Kind of a gimick if you ask me personaly.
But ill never begrudge anyones tastes, so please explore
 
2012-09-15 07:42:14 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: They picked Pale Ale *over* Founder's Centennial IPA? Link, I am disappoint.

I don't like IPAs all that often, but when I'm in the mood, Centennial it is.

Glenford: Way ahead of you.
[www.worldbeercollection.com image 225x325]

Man, I haven't seen Alexander Keith in ages. Is it even possible to buy it in the US?


No idea, I'm in Ontario and it's everywhere.
 
2012-09-15 07:44:13 AM  

Shadowknight: MayoSlather: When it comes to fall if you aren't drinking Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer you are a terrible human being.

Love the Oktoberfest, but never tried pumpkin beer. Decent?


Pumpkin beer is a bit tricky as a consumer. There are exceptional pumpkin beers out there, but there are also a lot of terrible pumpkin beers. Often times a lesser distillery will take a mediocre/bad batch of beer, pump it full of artificial pumpkin flavor, stick some seasonal labels on it, and shove it out the door.
 
2012-09-15 07:45:27 AM  
I prefer a good German beer.

Does that make me a bad person?

/Spater or Weihenstephaner are my favorites
//Becks is not a good beer. Let alone a Good German beer
 
2012-09-15 07:47:17 AM  
Damnit.

Now all I want is a DFH 90 Minute, or a fresh IPA from one of my local brewpubs, but I'm on call all weekend and don't get to have any.

Thanks a lot, Fark.
 
2012-09-15 07:47:22 AM  
My favorite and I'm lucky enough to live in an area where it's available everywhere.

www.totalwine.com
 
2012-09-15 07:47:48 AM  
IPAs are bitter and nasty
 
2012-09-15 07:48:44 AM  

jaylectricity: NowhereMon: Yeah, so you are part of the problem, now what?

I was unaware there was a beer drinking problem. Someone please fill me in on this.

SilentStrider: I like their Cherry Wheat too.

Now you're just trolling.


Not really, no.

MarkEC: SilentStrider: NowhereMon: People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.

gotta agree. I'm not a big fan of beers where I feel like I'm drinking a pine tree. Hops is a good accent, but I prefer my beers with more malt flavor than you'd find in an IPA.

Or a good stoudt. love a good stoudt.

Stoudt's is a brewery, Stout is a beer style. I'll assume you are talking about the beer style.


Yes.
 
2012-09-15 07:49:42 AM  

NowhereMon: People are hop crazy with the ales these days, and there are many aspects of beer that are being overlooked. I like an IPA as much as the next guy, but there is a lot more out there than how much hops you can squeeze into a beer. Like capsaicin, there is a law of diminishing returns with hops. At a certain point, it stops making sense.


I agree. I love IPAs, but too many people are just stuck on over-hopped beers, and are missing out on some great Belgians and Stouts.
 
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