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2012-09-15 01:26:09 PM  
ftfa: The earliest American version is considered to be the Ballantine Pale Ale from the 30s but it was the Sierra Nevada Brewery that popularized the style as we know it today, in 1980.

No, Ballantine did a fine job promoting the style for me and every other poor white kid right through the '80's. We couldn't afford that artisanal West Coast brew from Sierra Nevada.
 
2012-09-15 01:29:12 PM  
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2012-09-15 01:43:01 PM  
I like the IPAs even though I discovered them only a few years ago. I usually drink darker, heavier beers. I do like the heavy hops taste, though. That said, I love rye beers. Ipswich 5 Mile Rye Saison is my favorite.
 
2012-09-15 01:49:29 PM  

ssssmashing: McEwan's scotch ale FTW!


If you'd like to try an American Scotch Ale, Old Chub from Oskar Blues represents very well, and is pretty cheap for an 8%ABV beer.
 
2012-09-15 02:27:52 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Always been my go to:
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But, I do not discriminate; and look forward to my Nectar every year. (On tap!)
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I love me some Troegs. The bar down the street from me ALWAYS has multiple Troegs on tap. Hopback Amber is, in my opinion, one of the BEST balanced beers out there. And the nectar is spectacular... has a great malt backbone and some good fruit hop flavors. Great stuff.
 
2012-09-15 02:39:22 PM  
Its always the right time to drink any kind of beer.
 
2012-09-15 02:41:19 PM  

Ima4nic8or: Its always the right time to drink any kind of beer.


Except for a red beer, those are disgusting.
 
2012-09-15 02:42:59 PM  

Alphakronik: 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.


You sound like the type that would eat a nuclear wing and gasp out "it's not hot" as blood and sweat dripped from your face.
 
2012-09-15 02:46:49 PM  

KungFuJunkie: [staffblogs.etruth.com image 360x480]


Love that shiat!
 
2012-09-15 03:05:35 PM  

Vangor: Picked up a bottle last night. Have not opened yet, will try out tonight. Probably get another and another Old Guardian on Sunday.


I picked up two bottles of 16th anniv, then promptly got drunk on something else and ended up 350 miles away from them with no way back. I am very sad.

I try to like IPAs (and I especially like Ruination and lat 48), but i cannot stand Ranger ale-- it tastes like a bad batch of fat tire pumped full of hops.
 
2012-09-15 03:06:48 PM  

bv2112: Next week I am going to Cologne, then Munich, then Pilsen. I think they might stab me if I order an IPA. So I respectfully disagree with the author's thesis statement.


I generally prefer English & Belgian styles to German & Czech, but I cannot wait to visit Munich. I wonder how many styles I'll be able to try?
 
2012-09-15 03:14:49 PM  

matthew_tray: 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.


Really? I just bought he Brooklyn Octoberfest and I quite liked it. Of course, their worst beer is about a B+ for me. Amazing quality, even if they don't do the weird-but-magic thing that some breweries do.
 
2012-09-15 03:16:48 PM  

WinoRhino: The Irresponsible Captain: Always been my go to:
[beerbrewhaha.files.wordpress.com image 180x179]

But, I do not discriminate; and look forward to my Nectar every year. (On tap!)
[www.beerblotter.com image 336x448]

I love me some Troegs. The bar down the street from me ALWAYS has multiple Troegs on tap. Hopback Amber is, in my opinion, one of the BEST balanced beers out there. And the nectar is spectacular... has a great malt backbone and some good fruit hop flavors. Great stuff.


Mad. Farking. Elf. Oh, my.

/3 posts in a row?
 
2012-09-15 03:43:30 PM  
Sounds like the trick where whenever you go on vacation (or anything else you want to be memorable), you smell a new scent multiple times, like say a new perfume for each summer vacation. Then years down the road you can use that scent to summon the memory.
 
2012-09-15 03:43:42 PM  

Yotto: 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.


After you get done with that, and while you are in the greater metro DC area, i.e., Northern Virginia,

look this one up:

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I will admit that I have a personal prejudice concerning it, I'm one of the brewers.

and if your travels in the DC region allow you to come down to Richmond, come on by the brewery, ask for PJ, and tell them that you are from Fark, and I'll show you around the brewery.

And just because... for the rest of you...

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The Imperial Harvest Ale, should be coming out in a few weeks. We got a bunch of local homebrewers bring in their homegrown Hop harvests, mostly cascades, and using them for aromatic, hop backing, and dry hopping. that tank has two cages of whole leaf wet hops in it.. something like 50 pounds worth it.
 
2012-09-15 03:56:13 PM  

wholedamnshow: 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.


I think the Dreadnaught is too sweet. I far prefer Apocalypse Cow.

Zombie Dust
Alpha King
Broo Doo (seasonal wet hopped) very hard to find
Apocalypse Cow
Artic Panzer Wolf
Black Sun

My FFF favs in order
 
2012-09-15 03:58:16 PM  

KungFuJunkie:


Yes. Most definitely. Moon Man almost instantly became one of my favorites. I believe that was only intended as a seasonal brew, but was so popular they now make it year-round.
 
2012-09-15 04:26:32 PM  
I love Pale Ale, but hate Indian Pale Ale. call me crazy.
 
2012-09-15 04:31:46 PM  

SoxSweepAgain: Like Pinot Grigio, I know it's the "thing" to like right now, but I've never tasted an exceptional Pinot Grigio either.


Huh, I thought the in things now were cheap Malbec from Argentina and Shiraz from Australia, along with Pinot Noir. That's what I usually see taking up the most real estate in stores, anyway, and what I've heard is getting planted like crazy. Of course, any of those can actually be very good, but a lot of them just seem like a snazzy label on mediocre, very young product.
 
2012-09-15 04:49:27 PM  

MarkEC: ssssmashing: McEwan's scotch ale FTW!

If you'd like to try an American Scotch Ale, Old Chub from Oskar Blues represents very well, and is pretty cheap for an 8%ABV beer.


Agreed. I've picked up Old Chub before. It's a nice solo drinker and/or good with steak.

Anyone going to Stone- the Drink By 9.21.12 IPA is better than the 16th Ann IPA. I have spoken!
 
2012-09-15 04:53:21 PM  
Yotto:

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you'd like it if it was called Stinkypuss Iron Skateboard IPA from Shiattytown, Bluestate.
 
2012-09-15 05:01:00 PM  

foxyshadis: SoxSweepAgain: Like Pinot Grigio, I know it's the "thing" to like right now, but I've never tasted an exceptional Pinot Grigio either.

Huh, I thought the in things now were cheap Malbec from Argentina and Shiraz from Australia, along with Pinot Noir. That's what I usually see taking up the most real estate in stores, anyway, and what I've heard is getting planted like crazy. Of course, any of those can actually be very good, but a lot of them just seem like a snazzy label on mediocre, very young product.


you said it yourself, the prettier the label, the more likely for the contents to suck. one must also remember that if there is no year on the bottle, then the beverage is meant to be consumed as quickly as possible. while having a year designation tells you that it was a particularly good year for the grape production, so the wine should be correspondingly.. better.. beer.. wine, it's all an agriculteral product after all.

but of course, I'm pointing out Traditional things and nothing really required. so any of that could also be fudged for the sake of marketing.



its why none of the beer I help make have fanciful names or overly garrish decorations... just the logo, and the style. We just want the stuff to stand on its own as what it is supposed to be. and it's really too late to change gears at this point.

of course.. there is something to be said about fanciful names and garish decorations. makes the product more memorable to the end consumer.


its all how the marketing folks fark with yer head.
 
2012-09-15 05:22:29 PM  
Read this headline while taking a big swig of Magic Hat's H.IPA

/Always is the time to be drinking IPAs
 
2012-09-15 05:26:52 PM  
If you're a fan of pumpkin brews, You have got to try pumking. Had it for the first time last night and OMG, it's absolutely delicious.

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2012-09-15 05:30:51 PM  
I like a good IPA/APA but holy shiat this trend is played out. They're like the chardonnay of beer.
 
2012-09-15 06:25:43 PM  
Lol @ Keith's IPA.

It's not an IPA. It has far more in common with pale lagers than any pale ale I've ever had. Anyone who drinks Keith's for years and then decides to try a real IPA (or even an APA) will have their tastebuds scoured off by the hops.

And for the record, I used to drink Keith's pretty regularly in my younger days so I am not hating on the beer itself, just the fact that it tries to label itself as something it clearly isn't. It might technically be brewed with ale yeast, but it's not an IPA. Maybe a blonde ale (along the lines of Molson Ex) but even that is a stretch.

And for anyone who has never tried pumpkin beer - it's an acquired taste, but definitely worth at least one shot. The style is very polarizing - people who don't like them positively HATE them and will not hesitate to rant about it... but if you are a fan then October quickly becomes one of the best times of the beer year.

And yes, Southern Tier's Pumking is one of the best - it's a perfect dessert beer for Thanksgiving. As a Canadian living under the LCBO's dominion, I'm thankful that they bother to import the stuff every fall, because American craft beer in general is pretty scarce in this province, especially if you don't live in a major city. 

/Unibroue is harder to find in Ontario than in Michigan. Go government regulation!
 
2012-09-15 07:08:03 PM  

Whale Biologist: [imageshack.us image 200x267] 
Brewed in Manitoba. Outstanding stuff.


I prefered Saskatoon's Paddock Hill 606 myself, but the difference wasn't great. Both worthwhile western craft beers. Still not as good as my friends homebrewed IPA though. Whenever i get a house to _own_ and set up my brew, that lovely fruity-hoppy taste is going to be my first target.
 
2012-09-15 07:11:11 PM  
I'm a hop-head and I love a good IPA, but I'm a little burned out on the Imperial IPA trend. I don't need 10%+ ABV unless I'm drinking to forget :P
 
2012-09-15 07:38:40 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: of course.. there is something to be said about fanciful names and garish decorations. makes the product more memorable to the end consumer.


I think it's more a matter of following public taste, we've come to expect fancier graphics from newer companies to stand out, whereas the more traditional or upscale ones want to keep the traditional brand image, but either way it really says nothing about the product since it's so cheap to do now. All a matter of what and who you're trying to sell. It's too bad the obvious money and talent put into some labels just never makes it into the bottle.

Your branding probably says "This is a serious beer for serious beer drinkers" which is awesome.
 
2012-09-15 08:15:05 PM  

The_Sponge: 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


This is what's wrong with Alabama.
Who knows though. Maybe he is the primary reason we finally got our alcohol limit lifted.
I mean really, is this the spokesperson you want to be associated with?
I vote, I really do. But its like picking teams in grammar school football. All we have left to choose from is the fat kids.
 
2012-09-15 08:21:28 PM  

foxyshadis: Cerebral Knievel: of course.. there is something to be said about fanciful names and garish decorations. makes the product more memorable to the end consumer.

I think it's more a matter of following public taste, we've come to expect fancier graphics from newer companies to stand out, whereas the more traditional or upscale ones want to keep the traditional brand image, but either way it really says nothing about the product since it's so cheap to do now. All a matter of what and who you're trying to sell. It's too bad the obvious money and talent put into some labels just never makes it into the bottle.

Your branding probably says "This is a serious beer for serious beer drinkers" which is awesome.


thank you for saying so. I certainly appreciate the sentiment.

I must add, that I set up and took that pic up their earlier with my phone just for this thread.

overall.. what we WANT from our consumers is to be the go to beer from the isle.we want our flagships to be the beer that the average consumer takes home, shares with friends and well wisher at their gatherings, whatever it may be. we are not trying to sell to the snob because there is simply no pleasing them. We want the geeks who recognize a good honest beer, and we want the avearge beer drinker who wants something more special. in the cooler.

I personally have absolutely no problem with someone getting good and buzzed off the dailies we make and then sliding back to big commercial brand afterwards

but overall? we just want to be that beer you take home. all there is to it. nothing special, nothing you savor and hold onto... just your daily drinker.

its beer folks, stop over thinking this shiat and just enjoy your self.

The best beer in the world is the one in your hand and the only thing that trumps that is free beer. if it so happens that the beer in your hand is free beer? well, hell we are through the looking glass then aint we?. .


but seasonaly speaking? its fest beer time. Pale Ale, APA, and IPA is any time...

enjoy..

prost,

gamiltifitch

here's to... 9pm!
 
2012-09-15 10:13:21 PM  
I had my first ever Dogfish Head Punkin Ale today.
//that mofo was delicious!
///had a opa opa light at a truck pull too!
//that mofo was delicious toooo!!!!(-=
 
2012-09-15 10:16:57 PM  
an opa opa light!
 
2012-09-15 10:20:58 PM  

NewportBarGuy: All. Year. Long....

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Their IPA is very good, but the leviathan series is where it is at with Harpoon. Their Leviathan IPA is leagues better than the standard, and their Leviathan Red is just fantastic. (Huge American Red Ale fan).

Their Rye IPA they released this year is very good as well, highly recommend if you like their beers.

My favorite IPA

www.2beerguys.com

But Red ales are my favorite

www.samueladams.com

and

www.theperfectlyhappyman.com

If you enjoy beer at all you have to drink that Green Flash, it is just ridiculous the flavor in that beer. holy crap
 
2012-09-15 11:35:49 PM  

Whack-a-Mole: Lagunitas has been mentioned up thread, if one has a chance to try "a little sumpin WILD" you may not be dissapointed. It's strong 8.8 iirc so there's that but it doesn't taste near as strong as it is. I've seen it only on tap but haven't even looked in beer stores.


Not an IPA fan in general, but of the dozen or so I have tried, Lagunitas is really the only one that I liked. This thread is also the first place I have ever heard the phrase 'hop bomb', which turns out to be a perfect description of why I don't like most IPAs.

Bookmarking this thread for later reference.

Fark needs its own Beer of the Month Week club...
 
2012-09-16 06:37:13 AM  
IPAs are by far my least favorite kind of beer, I've never found one I can stand for more than a few sips. I just can't enjoy the herbally medicinal bitterness all those hops bring. Bitterness is supposed to taste BAD, to keep you away from poisonous substances. How people develop an affinity for stuff like that I'll never understand.


Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: I'm over IPAs...give me this any day.

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Recently tried the Weihenstephaner Weizenbock, "Vitus", on tap at a German restaurant.
I'm not even a super beer lover in general, but holy crap, that stuff is absolutely delicious. Single best beer I've ever tried.
365beers.files.wordpress.com

/$3 for a pint bottle at BevMo. Yes please!
 
2012-09-16 09:18:36 AM  

Gawdzila: IPAs are by far my least favorite kind of beer, I've never found one I can stand for more than a few sips. I just can't enjoy the herbally medicinal bitterness all those hops bring. Bitterness is supposed to taste BAD, to keep you away from poisonous substances. How people develop an affinity for stuff like that I'll never understand.


Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: I'm over IPAs...give me this any day.

[untappd.s3.amazonaws.com image 320x320]

Recently tried the Weihenstephaner Weizenbock, "Vitus", on tap at a German restaurant.
I'm not even a super beer lover in general, but holy crap, that stuff is absolutely delicious. Single best beer I've ever tried.


/$3 for a pint bottle at BevMo. Yes please!


Generally, men have less active taste buds than women, and of course as you get older you get less and less ability to taste as well. One aspect of taste least effected tends to be the bitter, thus many men having a strong affinity to IPAs.

I still have a strong sense of taste, so IPAs taste lime a salt lick to me.
 
2012-09-16 11:24:13 AM  

Popcorn Johnny: If you're a fan of pumpkin brews, You have got to try pumking. Had it for the first time last night and OMG, it's absolutely delicious.

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Indeed!
 
2012-09-16 04:38:00 PM  

Cerebral Knievel:
and if your travels in the DC region allow you to come down to Richmond, come on by the brewery, ask for PJ, and tell them that you are from Fark, and I'll show you around the brewery.


If I was heading from the South (or was traveling with other beer drinkers) I would! I'll see if I see some in the stores or bars around there and try one if I have the chance.
 
2012-09-16 10:43:20 PM  
OK, I know I wont get any responses since this was posted yesterday, but this is more for the Farkers that will do a beer search, find this thread, and ctrl+F for something.

Hop bombs suck, and wipe out your pallet in addition to what alcohol does to it. Drink two of them and you will ruin the nuances of other styles. If you are at a brewpub that has multiple styles of beer, order the IPA last.

With that said, for IPA's I enjoy: Deschutes Red Chair (seasonal), 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die and/or Back in Black, Sam Adams Latitude 48, and Odell Brewing IPA (AKA the dancing elephant). Odells is great because of the floral and complex nature of it, but it isn't a hop heavy selection. IPA's have turned into a fad recently, and practically every micro is stuffing as many hops into their recipes as possible. I will agree with Farkers upthread that a crazy amount of hops does not equal greatness. I think this comes from hipster idiots who think that saying they like the "hoppyness" of a beer, out loud, makes them a beer nerd because being a nerd is also trendy now (apparently). No. You are a beer nerd when you can identify specific hops from taste and aroma, or have a rather unhealthy knowledge of beer recipes and the associated chemistry because you were able to successfully clone a beer from a major manufacturer by homebrewing the shiat out of it an experimenting, not just being given a recipe. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle, because I still homebrew solely off the recipes of others, but I'm approaching anal when tasting beer.

If you are in an area that distributes, or on the island itself, Maui Brewing has a fantastic selection of IPAs. If you're on the island and love beer, visit the brewpub. They have something like 20+ styles available, and many are only found there.
 
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