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2012-09-15 09:50:34 AM

Glenford: Way ahead of you.
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Don't kid yourself. Keith's "IPA" is actually a pale ale with a misleading label. And it's not a great example of either style.
 
2012-09-15 09:58:37 AM

mgary: WinoRhino: mgary: 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.

When I made mine, I made it with this criticism in mind. Instead of pumpkin flavor I used 3.5 pounds of pureed pumpkin in the mash with the rest of the grain. I cooked it a little bit at 350 for a while to gelatinize the starches and caramelize some sugars before throwing it in. For the entire 6 gallon batch I only added .5 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and all spice. The result was a copperish malty ale with an aroma of the spices and sublte hints of pumpkin and spice. Not perfumy, not pumkin-flavored, but sublte hints and notes. Balance, people.

I tip my hat to you, good sir. That is how a pumpkin ale should be made.


Indeed. That's about how I make mine, as well, but I use a bit less pumpkin, and don't cook it first. That's a good idea, though, and I think I might have to try that for this year's batch.
 
2012-09-15 09:59:11 AM
my go-to beer is sam adams latitude 48. tied for second would be harpoon and ranger.
they are all inferior to straight scotch or, as i am drinking this morning, a good irish whisky.
 
2012-09-15 09:59:54 AM

e lo: mgary: WinoRhino: mgary: 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.

When I made mine, I made it with this criticism in mind. Instead of pumpkin flavor I used 3.5 pounds of pureed pumpkin in the mash with the rest of the grain. I cooked it a little bit at 350 for a while to gelatinize the starches and caramelize some sugars before throwing it in. For the entire 6 gallon batch I only added .5 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and all spice. The result was a copperish malty ale with an aroma of the spices and sublte hints of pumpkin and spice. Not perfumy, not pumkin-flavored, but sublte hints and notes. Balance, people.

I tip my hat to you, good sir. That is how a pumpkin ale should be made.

Indeed. That's about how I make mine, as well, but I use a bit less pumpkin, and don't cook it first. That's a good idea, though, and I think I might have to try that for this year's batch.


How long do you let it age? I made a pumpkin ale one year... after 3 weeks in bottles it was terrible... after 3 months it was sublime...
 
2012-09-15 10:00:36 AM
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Picked up a bottle last night. Have not opened yet, will try out tonight. Probably get another and another Old Guardian on Sunday.
 
2012-09-15 10:01:26 AM
I've lately made these two beers a part of my staple. A pleasant hoppy, but not a smash-mouth hoppy.

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blogs.metropulse.com
 
2012-09-15 10:07:39 AM
Now is the time to be drinking India Pale Ale  BEER
I fixed it for ya.
 
2012-09-15 10:07:42 AM
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2012-09-15 10:14:48 AM
So much win in this thread. Let's not forget the malty side of IPAs:

greatbrewers.com

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2012-09-15 10:16:34 AM
I'll be out in LA (Torrance area) the next couple weeks and I'm hoping to try some local brews.

Any suggestions?
 
2012-09-15 10:18:10 AM
www.thebarleyblog.com
 
2012-09-15 10:21:42 AM
Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a well balanced IPA, nothing too extreme.

If you want extreme try Three Floyd's Alpha King, I'm surprised you don't see the hops floating around in that stuff.
 
2012-09-15 10:24:43 AM
I'll stick with my 60 IBU amber-wheaten ale if'n y'all don't mind.

/balance can be a beautiful thing
 
2012-09-15 10:26:16 AM
How timely. As someone who is brewing up a pumpkin beer today, I'm getting a kick out of a lot of these replies.

/except for that one note on the pumpkin beer taking 3 months in the bottle. I'm late to the party so fingers crossed that I can squeeze it in.
 
2012-09-15 10:32:11 AM

wrigley418: How timely. As someone who is brewing up a pumpkin beer today, I'm getting a kick out of a lot of these replies.

/except for that one note on the pumpkin beer taking 3 months in the bottle. I'm late to the party so fingers crossed that I can squeeze it in.


I prefer my pumpkin ales with brown ale or porter base. The malt sweetens it a bit more naturally, less need for spices. Brewing up one next week!
 
2012-09-15 10:36:26 AM

brewssuds: How long do you let it age? I made a pumpkin ale one year... after 3 weeks in bottles it was terrible... after 3 months it was sublime...


Good question. I will let you know soon. Although I will say after bottling 2.5 cases I had about 32 ounces left over so I threw it in a nalgene bottle and set it aside in the fridge. After it chilled a bit I sampled it completely fresh and uncarbonated and it was very good. So I don't think much aging will be required. I'll just let it carb up for 3 weeks or so and start drinking.
 
2012-09-15 10:39:58 AM

Cheesehead_Dave: [www.thebarleyblog.com image 420x562]


Mkkeller has a great line of neutral malt base beers where they use only one hop for bitter, flavor, and aroma, so you can learn what each hop offers. My local beer guy has them all and I've been working through them. As a brewer it really helps to know what each hop will offer in each phase of the game.

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2012-09-15 10:40:18 AM
Yay for a beer snob thread.
 
2012-09-15 10:41:37 AM

TwoHead: hamiltonjdavid: For you New Englanders, this one isn't crazy hoppy.

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Those folks make some great beers all across the flavor spectrum. This one also isn't crazy hoppy

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Smuttonator doppelbock!


MMMM.... Smuttonator. I like the Maibock* best myself.

But since we're in an IPA thread, I'll toss this one out to my fellow New Englanders.

www.beer-snobs.com
 
2012-09-15 10:42:54 AM

Cerebral Knievel: Its very easy for a little start up to crank out a mediocre beer, hop the hell out of it, and give it a silly name (fanciful is what they say in the biz).


I often felt this was the way it was in the 1990s when we went through the last craft beer boom. Every new brewery that hit the market did so with an IPA as the first offering. And they weren't even hop bombs at the time-- just normal IPAs. I always figured the reason for this was that new breweries trying to capitalize on the craft beer trend could hide off-flavors and inconsistencies in their technique by over-hopping and calling it an IPA.
 
2012-09-15 10:44:36 AM
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2012-09-15 10:45:50 AM

e lo: Indeed. That's about how I make mine, as well, but I use a bit less pumpkin, and don't cook it first. That's a good idea, though, and I think I might have to try that for this year's batch.


I toasted some pale malt in the oven, too. Adds a nice fall flavor. 1lb, 2-3 minutes at 350F is all it takes.
 
2012-09-15 10:45:58 AM

Victorinox: A couple of these will put you right.
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/mmmmm.
//hot like...


Stoopid for a reason. This over hopped mega bitter jug of swine piss is what gives IPAs a bad name. Opt for a Southern Tier 2x.
 
2012-09-15 10:46:50 AM

soopey: But since we're in an IPA thread, I'll toss this one out to my fellow New Englanders.


I named my cat Allagash. He's a 20+ pound Maine Coon.
 
2012-09-15 10:49:58 AM

WinoRhino: soopey: But since we're in an IPA thread, I'll toss this one out to my fellow New Englanders.

I named my cat Allagash. He's a 20+ pound Maine Coon.


Awww.. He's a little one..
 
2012-09-15 10:53:25 AM

soopey: Awww.. He's a little one..


Yeah, his dad was 30, though. Head like a cantaloupe. We converted a 30 gallon storage bin into his litter box.
 
2012-09-15 10:56:46 AM

Glenford: Way ahead of you.


Keith's White is one of my favorites. I soo wish we could het it south of the border.

In a month or so, its gonna be time to switch to darker beers, but IPAs in the fall are hard to beat.

Getting ready to brew a pecan porter with bourbon soaked oak chips. Magical shiat.

I'm also about due to make my black IPA. I call it 'Black guy's black eye black IPA'.
 
2012-09-15 11:03:10 AM

buwolverine: Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a well balanced IPA, nothing too extreme.

If you want extreme try Three Floyd's Alpha King, I'm surprised you don't see the hops floating around in that stuff.


I live around an hour from both breweries. Its a magical beer land around here. Throw in Goose Island plus all the small microbreweries.....plus homebrew...
 
2012-09-15 11:08:24 AM
Tried this new hoppy wheat from Boulevard last wee. was pleasantly surprised! Wish I could find it in the stores
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2012-09-15 11:16:36 AM
ITT, a bunch of hipsters trying to one up each other with beers no one has ever heard of or cares about.

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2012-09-15 11:25:02 AM
I want a beer now.

Not a huge IPA fan. I don't generally like anything over 70-80 IBU's. I have had a couple of black IPA's, and they were tasty. I usually like to taste my beer, rather than have to eat something afterwards to get the bitterness out.

Some IPA's are more bitter than my mother-in-law when her sister visits my kids.
 
2012-09-15 11:28:32 AM
Beer is proof god loves us and wants us to get laid.

-Edno

We have beer tastings regularly and there's this one guy who thinks the best beer is the over hoppy one. Hes not even trying.

/still in love with Abt 12 after all these years.

// bro owns a bar and brings home these $100 bottles of beer. I can hardly believe how good it is.
 
2012-09-15 11:32:27 AM
I wouldn't have said IPAs were the thing for this time of year; maybe just straight pale ales for me. Anything but that goddamned pumpkin shiat on sale right now. or 'Harvest' beer.

"So that's your new brew... what the hell is it?"
"I tried a few different ingredients, using up some of that leftover dark malt. Nice color, but it isn't really any distinct style. So, dunno what it is. Saison?"
"Nahh, we have one of those already. Save it for early fall and call it Harvest."
 
2012-09-15 11:32:47 AM
I figured it was hard cider time of year.... had some Angry Orchard hard cider, was delicious! I'll keep my eye out for some pales though.
 
2012-09-15 11:47:41 AM
I'll play:

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www.drinkingrealbeer.com

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www.finleybeer.com
 
2012-09-15 11:48:01 AM

e lo: 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.


Dogfish Head's 90-Minute IPA is my single favorite beer, and I've done a pretty extensive survey ;-)

I'm going to be in the DC area next week, so am looking forward to trying it on tap.
 
2012-09-15 11:53:30 AM

MayoSlather: 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.


Had some of that last night. It's delicious but very rich (sweet). I also tried it with a little cinnamon added in. Great stuff.
 
2012-09-15 12:06:20 PM
I'm falling off the IPA bandwagon with one key exception found in the article... Heady Topper. It's hands down the tastiest beer I've ever had. Yes it's a double IPA, and very hoppy, but the taste is out of this world and doesn't leave that bitter after taste doubles usually have. It's hard to come by outside of VT, but if found the Alchemist does it well. Side note, they also do a gluten free beer which I've tasted and was pleasantly surprised. I hate the GF movement, but have a friend with celiac who can finally enjoy a solid beer.
 
2012-09-15 12:09:34 PM
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2012-09-15 12:11:24 PM

jaybeezey: Guinness, these are beers for men.


Tastes like old coffee and has less alcohol than a Miller Lite, this is what you think a man drinks?
 
2012-09-15 12:22:08 PM
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Brewed in Manitoba. Outstanding stuff.
 
2012-09-15 12:26:03 PM
My favorite beer style is Oktoberfest, so I'm getting a kick...

IPAs don't agree w/ my stomach so I typically don't drink 'em. I can have ONE & that's about it. I had Sam Oktoberfest & a Brooklyn Oktoberfest last night & I must say that the Brooklyn had a nutty quality that I didn't like. So far I'm really a fan of Sam & Pyramids version.
 
2012-09-15 12:28:28 PM

buwolverine: Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a well balanced IPA, nothing too extreme.

If you want extreme try Three Floyd's Alpha King, I'm surprised you don't see the hops floating around in that stuff.


One the other hand, if you try Three Floyd's Dreadnaught (their DIPA), you get an amazingly well-balanced beer.
 
2012-09-15 12:29:50 PM

MagSeven: MayoSlather: 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.

Had some of that last night. It's delicious but very rich (sweet). I also tried it with a little cinnamon added in. Great stuff.


They just put a keg of it on at our local Mellow Mushroom. That stuff is great when fall finally shows up.

/having a Cascade Sang Noir for breakfast as we speak
//Go Timbers!
 
2012-09-15 12:31:33 PM
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2012-09-15 12:37:37 PM
McEwan's scotch ale FTW!
 
2012-09-15 12:41:24 PM

Paintbox: Here in alabama we aren't privileged enough to partake of this nectar.


Speaking of Alabama, here is State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-umbass):

Link
 
2012-09-15 12:52:31 PM

USP .45: ITT, a bunch of hipsters trying to one up each other with beers no one has ever heard of or cares about.


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2012-09-15 01:00:02 PM
Always been my go to:
beerbrewhaha.files.wordpress.com

But, I do not discriminate; and look forward to my Nectar every year. (On tap!)
www.beerblotter.com
 
2012-09-15 01:24:05 PM
Y'all are pussies. Too much hops in your beer? Go drink a Coors Light, and leave the rest to us Hop Heads.

Seriously, give me the hoppiest shiat you have available. Oh, it's made with Supercritical Fluid Extracted Hop Oil? Yes please. You put in 3 lbs per barrel? Yep, I'll take that too. Double Arrogant Bastard reduction sauce on ice cream? I'd eat that shiat right up.

If I ever see a "man" tell a bartender that the beer he is served is "too hoppy", I'm going to slap that motherfarker.
 
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