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10-22-2016 04:32 PM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

Not a pumpkin ale, but seriously good seasonal beer.

Dunkel Fester by Wychwood Brewery.



Now, this is how dark beers should be tasting. Dunkels are quickly becoming my favorites.

Anyway, Hobgoblin from the same brewery is also not bad.
10-17-2016 04:43 AM
yellow grass
Re: the BEER thread

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If you really love a strong IPA, the Double Dog might be a better bet:





Is beer especially popular in Chile? I know your country makes very good wine but I'm not too familiar with your beers. Pretty sure it was Germans who popularized beer in Mexico, were they also responsible in Chile?
I had a Raging Bitch when I visited Charlottesville last summer. I really liked it, so it gets onto my rotation sometimes.

Chilean beer is nothing to write home about. I have a couple of favorites, but the scene is wayyyyyy poorer than in the States, and people may not realize it, but all the "craft" beer taste kind of the same regardless of the style.

Now drinking this classic





Cheers
10-17-2016 12:23 AM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

Also had this one yesterday. Really liked it.

10-17-2016 12:19 AM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

Couple of pretty good local pumpkin ales:



just had the Crookeder one.
10-16-2016 09:07 PM
Htom Sirveaux
Re: the BEER thread

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That beer looks awesome man. Now that Flying Dog is distributing here in Wisconsin I may give it a try.
I'd recommend Snake Dog IPA as a starter. Many of their share a characteristic flavor and the Snake Dog is dominated by it. If you like it, you'll probably enjoy some of their other offerings. Honestly not my favorite IPA at this point but it's great on a hot day; I could drink 10 of them when I go to Orioles games in Baltimore (the brewery is nearby):



If you really love a strong IPA, the Double Dog might be a better bet:



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This brew tastes exactly like 95% of the so called Chilean (my country) craft beer tastes like. That means overly sweet, so not my favorite

Cheers!
Is beer especially popular in Chile? I know your country makes very good wine but I'm not too familiar with your beers. Pretty sure it was Germans who popularized beer in Mexico, were they also responsible in Chile?
10-14-2016 06:37 PM
yellow grass
Re: the BEER thread

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That beer looks awesome man. Now that Flying Dog is distributing here in Wisconsin I may give it a try.

Since it seems I'm taking the day off, I'm starting the day with this. I usually don't drink in the morning but I just turned in my thesis, so I'm relaxing today. #NotAnAlcoholicJustAHobby



This brew tastes exactly like 95% of the so called Chilean (my country) craft beer tastes like. That means overly sweet, so not my favorite

Cheers!
10-14-2016 01:24 PM
Htom Sirveaux
Re: the BEER thread

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I love IPAs (and pretty much every other style to be honest). In my experience the bitterness is felt more in low ABV brews. Double or Triple IPAs usuallyb the malt backbone makes the effective bitterness to be way reduced.

In any case, here celebrating that just submitted my PhD thesis, my first (but not last) beer of the night. This is a pretty nice Pumpkin Ale, not the best I had, but not offensive



Cheers!
Interesting to hear about your experience with stronger IPA's. Only having tried one, Double Dog in my case, might have given me the wrong impression. Will have to try another.

And I've had very poor luck with pumpkin ales but I keep trying new ones each fall. This one's not too bad but probably a bit too sweet to drink more than occasionally. It's somewhat similar to their Imperial Coffee Stout only with Pumpkin instead of Coffee. And I don't think I've ever gotten it to hold its head like this:

10-14-2016 10:16 AM
yellow grass
Re: the BEER thread

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Something like 9 abv is my limit with IPA's though. I can only take so much bitterness.
I love IPAs (and pretty much every other style to be honest). In my experience the bitterness is felt more in low ABV brews. Double or Triple IPAs usuallyb the malt backbone makes the effective bitterness to be way reduced.

In any case, here celebrating that just submitted my PhD thesis, my first (but not last) beer of the night. This is a pretty nice Pumpkin Ale, not the best I had, but not offensive



Cheers!
10-14-2016 09:12 AM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

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Must be a pallet issue. Like I said, I initially couldn't get past IPA's perfume qualities and the lack of any sweetness also turned me off. Never thought it tasted synthetic but that could just be another way of saying perfumy. But as I got older I started to avoid sweet flavors and prefer bitter ones. Coffee, chocolate, beer, you name it, I now only occasionally prefer a sweeter variety whereas that's all I would like when I was younger.

I'd seriously recommend Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as an intro to these more bitter beers. The bitterness is quite mild and it has a great pine-y taste and aroma. Too mild for me now (I prefer their Torpedo Extra IPA) but it's a good beer for what it is. Available everywhere all the time too:



Flying Dog's Easy IPA is another good starter bitter ale. More character than the SN Pale Ale and it has the characteristic Flying Dog taste that I like. Slight creaminess (similar to Pilsner Urquell in that regard) and a very light grapefruit taste. It works well as an ale substitute for when you might otherwise want a golden lager so a summer beer obviously. Probably not widely available outside the northeast USA unfortunately:

Thanks, but as said, I have no intention to go that route and start torturing myself with IPAs of the world. I will stick with my trappist tripels, dunkels, witbiers, and good moderately bitter quality ales.
10-13-2016 04:30 PM
Htom Sirveaux
Re: the BEER thread

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Sorry but I would never be able to accept that ugly bitterness and that synthetic taste and smell. Why bother, when there are so many awesome beers around.
Must be a pallet issue. Like I said, I initially couldn't get past IPA's perfume qualities and the lack of any sweetness also turned me off. Never thought it tasted synthetic but that could just be another way of saying perfumy. But as I got older I started to avoid sweet flavors and prefer bitter ones. Coffee, chocolate, beer, you name it, I now only occasionally prefer a sweeter variety whereas that's all I would like when I was younger.

I'd seriously recommend Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as an intro to these more bitter beers. The bitterness is quite mild and it has a great pine-y taste and aroma. Too mild for me now (I prefer their Torpedo Extra IPA) but it's a good beer for what it is. Available everywhere all the time too:



Flying Dog's Easy IPA is another good starter bitter ale. More character than the SN Pale Ale and it has the characteristic Flying Dog taste that I like. Slight creaminess (similar to Pilsner Urquell in that regard) and a very light grapefruit taste. It works well as an ale substitute for when you might otherwise want a golden lager so a summer beer obviously. Probably not widely available outside the northeast USA unfortunately:

10-13-2016 03:46 PM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

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I hated IPA's when I first started drinking beer. Part of that could have been that Dogfish 60 Minute was my only exposure and that's got a particularly perfumy smell/taste that I still don't care for.

Brown ale (also from Dogfish) was my gateway drug, then progressively stronger German beers and then finally one day I didn't have any other good options so I forced myself to finish a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at a ballgame. Something clicked and I've enjoyed relatively strong IPA's ever since (pale ales don't really do much for me anymore). Something like 9 abv is my limit with IPA's though. I can only take so much bitterness.
Sorry but I would never be able to accept that ugly bitterness and that synthetic taste and smell. Why bother, when there are so many awesome beers around.
10-13-2016 01:49 PM
Htom Sirveaux
Re: the BEER thread

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Triple IPA OTOH. disgusting. The worst beer on earth. Why would you want to torture yourself with that abomination.
I hated IPA's when I first started drinking beer. Part of that could have been that Dogfish 60 Minute was my only exposure and that's got a particularly perfumy smell/taste that I still don't care for.

Brown ale (also from Dogfish) was my gateway drug, then progressively stronger German beers and then finally one day I didn't have any other good options so I forced myself to finish a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at a ballgame. Something clicked and I've enjoyed relatively strong IPA's ever since (pale ales don't really do much for me anymore). Something like 9 abv is my limit with IPA's though. I can only take so much bitterness.
10-13-2016 10:44 AM
ali
Re: the BEER thread

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Trappist and other Belgian style Tripels Awesome. The best beer on earth. Quadruples are too much. Dubbels are OK, but Tripels are generally better IMO.
Just had this the other day:




Triple IPA OTOH. disgusting. The worst beer on earth. Why would you want to torture yourself with that abomination.

the bottle shape and the label look nice
should taste it once

btw, a nice new ava!
10-13-2016 10:31 AM
Floki
Re: the BEER thread

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Wow, triple IPA. Strongest IPA I've tried is a double with 12%, Double Dog by Flying Dog. The bitterness was a little much for me and I generally like strong IPA's; alcohol flavor was surprisingly well masked considering the lack of sweetness however. Definitely a high quality beer if you can handle it.

I personally prefer tripel and quad Belgians when I want a wine-strength beer. Probably my favorite but out of my price range besides as a one-off:


Trappists and other Belgian style Tripels Awesome. The best beer on earth. Quadruples are too much. Dubbels are OK, but Tripels are generally better IMO.
Just had this the other day:




Triple IPA OTOH. disgusting. The worst beer on earth. Why would you want to torture yourself with that abomination.
09-24-2016 05:12 AM
yellow grass
Re: the BEER thread

Time for a Zombie Dust



Cheers
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