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post #31 of 46
There has to be some snobbery about IPA that I think has to do with the high ABV. Somehow you're special if you can drink two or three 90/120 minute IPAs and not fall down, you've done something. Acquired taste? Not really, Sierra Nevada has been doing there thing for awhile and everyone loves that stuff. It's the, "I'll make all my friends who are drinking Natty Ice look lower than me if I'm drinking this shit" beer. Maybe people just freak on the snob factor because it's an acronym and not "lite" but still drinkable.
post #32 of 46
I associate snobbery much more with belgians, although I realize the american obsession with them is more recent.


I'm also a 60-minutes fan--my go-to beer for sure.
post #33 of 46
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I can't stand the hop overload on some of the crazy IPAs, but a good Sierra Nevada is refreshingly balanced and for some reason, always on sale.

I think Sierra Pale is an American Pale Ale, not Indian. More citrus flavor. Many think Sierra Pale tastes like grapefruit. It's also one of my all time favorites.

I like pale ales when it's hot, Porter when it's cold.
post #34 of 46
Dogfish Head 90-Minute FTW.
post #35 of 46
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Dogfish Head 90-Minute FTW.

+1, though it's not as easy drinkin' as the 60 minute.

Ruination (an ode to the glory of the hop) is pretty silly on the hops/ibu side of things, but the regular Stone IPA is a nice beer.
post #36 of 46
More hoppy = more better (in most cases).

If this were dumb threads, I'd suggest that it also had something to do with better burps.
post #37 of 46
The traditional British IPA is a well-balanced beer that most people would enjoy.

The American Way, on the other hand, dictates that more is necessarily better. Now, I like my hops, and I've tried Ruination and DFH 90 Minute and some other American hop monsters. I enjoyed them. Most IPAs aren't like that though.

I strongly recommend Fuller's (UK) or Goose Island (US) for great, understated IPAs.
post #38 of 46
Racer 5 is pretty great IMO
post #39 of 46
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I can't stand the hop overload on some of the crazy IPAs, but a good Sierra Nevada is refreshingly balanced and for some reason, always on sale.

I'm actually a big fan of Sierra Nevada's.

But no one can take me away from my "mmm chocolate beers."

I probably could try some more IPA's.
post #40 of 46
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I think Sierra Pale is an American Pale Ale, not Indian. More citrus flavor. Many think Sierra Pale tastes like grapefruit. It's also one of my all time favorites.

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I'm actually a big fan of Sierra Nevada's.

Yes to both. It's probably one of the easiest beers to drink (and like), IMHO.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by countdemoney View Post
More hoppy = more bitter (in most cases).

Fixed.

I hate hops. IPA = failbeer
post #42 of 46
Warsteiner Oktoberfest is the best Ommegang makes the best U.S. beer
post #43 of 46
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IPA is fabulous - but why the fascination with making it extra strong in the US? British IPA's (they invented it when India was under British rule) are 3-4% generally and a classic everyday beer. No snobbery involved at all!

The original IPAs were very strong for the trip to India. I have had draught Bass brewed to that Victorian strength for a beer festival and it was a magnificent beer. Not one you would drink all night in a session though, which is where the weaker beers come into their own.
post #44 of 46
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Warsteiner Oktoberfest is the best
Ommegang makes the best U.S. beer

I like Hacker-Pshorr's Oktoberfest.
post #45 of 46
Right, I always associated beer snobbery with the Belgians. IPAs are something to get into after college.
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