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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Alefroth » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:02 pm

I'll be glad when brewers are done exploring the boundaries of an IPA. Brut IPA sounds like a ridiculous trend (because why would I want an IPA to taste like tonic water with lemon). I felt the same way about the NE IPAs which mostly tasted like stale OJ to me. If you want to brew a beer that isn't like an IPA at all, then just call it what it is. I suspect a lot of newer beer drinkers (and maybe even brewers) can only relate to IPAs though, and everything has to start with that as a baseline.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by ImLawBoy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:10 pm

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Alefroth wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:02 pm
I'll be glad when brewers are done exploring the boundaries of an IPA. Brut IPA sounds like a ridiculous trend (because why would I want an IPA to taste like tonic water with lemon). I felt the same way about the NE IPAs which mostly tasted like stale OJ to me. If you want to brew a beer that isn't like an IPA at all, then just call it what it is. I suspect a lot of newer beer drinkers (and maybe even brewers) can only relate to IPAs though, and everything has to start with that as a baseline.

Grumble grumble.
I definitely wish they would call them something other than IPA. I remember reading an article titled something along the lines of, "Do you think you don't like IPAs? These beers will change your mind!" It was all about hazy/juicy/NE IPAs. They're not going to change anyone's minds about IPAs because they don't taste like IPAs. The same can be said for Brut IPAs.
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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Scuzz » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:32 pm

Jeff V wrote:
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Scuzz wrote:
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We tried the Brut and yea, it was lite, kinda champagney and probably would be a better summer beer.
This seems to be a growing fad, I've seen a handful of Brut IPAs on the shelves. I can't stand champagne, and beer that is in any way reminiscent of it doesn't belong in my house (this is why I revile the Belgian beers so much). I figure I can safely stay away from this trend, although when I see it at a beer tasting, I might give it a shot just because I don't generally knock something unless I tried it.
It wasn't a "bad" beer but it isn't, to my taste buds at least, what I expect from an IPA. And while it had a little of that champagne style to it I wouldn't call it a champagne.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Kraken » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:55 pm

I'll be the heretic who enjoys pushing the boundaries of what "IPA" means. As long as hops are front and center, I don't mind the IPA appellation for beers that depart from the traditional style, as long as they're appropriately labeled. If I got a black brut NE IPA when I thought I was buying a standard bitter hop bomb, I'd be pissed. If something billed as fruity and hazy tastes like Pine-Sol, I'd be pissed.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:10 pm

Wife working back to back double shifts. Weather too nasty to leave the house. Prepped with 2 DYO six packs and the kids are napping. Here we go!

Flannel Pajamas from Begyle Brewing, Chicago. A nice, ultralite 5.4% oatmeal stout. Flavors are good, normal palette of coffee, cocoa and roasted oats. It would make a nice ingredient in my chili. Good starter beer, the flavors are probably too subtle to notice once some hoppy beers wreak havoc on the taste buds.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:28 pm

Casper White Stout by James Page Brewing Co., Stevens Point, WI. Now this is an interesting beer. Eyes closed, it could pass as a vanilla stout with some fruity notes. But it's amber, like an ale. I'll have to check out more of this brewery (summer vacation planning this week put a probable lunch stop in Stevens Point). I'm just glad there's something besides the tiresome Point Brewery in that town. 6.1% ABV.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:47 pm

Luna Coffee Stout, Hinterland Brewing, Green Bay, WI. Ever have a cup of coffee that's been on the burner for 6 hours or so? The result is much like this beer. Note to Hinterland, if you're making coffee beer, good beans matter. 5 8% ABV is weak sauce, just like everything else from that wretched town.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by EvilHomer3k » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:15 pm

Had a Bell's Hopslam last night. I would say it lives up to the hype. Very nice amount of hops but other flavors come through as well. It's very nicely balanced if you like hoppy beers. I doubt it will change someone into an ipa lover but if you like IPAs and can find it, I can't imagine you won't enjoy it immensely.
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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:07 pm

Defender IPA by Brooklyn Brewery. A golden IPA (urine colored) this super-fizzy beer is reminiscent of Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Extra (veritable grapefruit juice) with none of the alcohol (anemic 5.5%). I've liked Brooklyn's efforts in the past, this one is a miss.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:31 pm

Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas. A robust 102 IBU and reasonable 8.0% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer suitable for day long session binges. Sadly, I have just one and the bitterness will likely kill whatever I have next.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:29 pm

Slalom King by Crystal Lake Brewing, IL. A rye IPA that's not harsh at all. It's mildly fruity, reminds me of maybe a blood orange reduction, not acidic but a hint of citrus nevertheless. It very much drinks like a double, but with only 7.5% ABV is a bit of booze short. But i like this a lot.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by mori » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:11 pm

Bought a 4-pack of Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA the other day. Only to discover that the date on the can had a best by date of 11/18/18. It still tasted alright so I drank it instead of taking it back to the store. I just have to remember to tell that store to check their dates the next time I am in there.

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