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Old 06-22-2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hey everybody,

Been brewing for a couple years and I just found this great forum. Tons of excellent info.

Anyhow, to the point of this post. I was checking out Beer Advocate's Top 100 Beers and was dissapointed to see that over 75 of the beers are 7+% in alcohol with a bunch that are 9-13%. There a few in the 6 range too but there are very few that are 5 or below.

What is this all about? Do most people just immediately go for the super high alcohol brew and ignore everything else?

Some of the best beers I've tasted have been Lambics, Lagers and light Ales that are in the 4-6% range.

It's too bad that the lighter beers get passed up all too often for the big brews.

Light beers do have a lot to offer.

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Old 06-22-2006, 11:19 PM   #2
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:18 AM   #3
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I agree. If I want to get drunk I'll drink Old #7 or whiskey or rum. I love the taste of different beers and if they are higher alcohol then I can't drink as many without getting pissed. There is something to be said about high alcohol beers though. Some have a taste you can't get without the alcohol boost.

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Other than a barleywine every other year, I brew in the 4-5% range. That way I can enjoy 3-4 different brews in an evening. I'm tired of big beers where a pint can kill you and big belgians specifically.

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I agree, I brew light ale's exclusively.My buddy brews the big beers so i have the best of both worlds.

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Old 06-23-2006, 02:07 AM   #6
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Absolutely. Drink half a bottle of a Single Malt or Cognac if you want to get hammered

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david_42,

Yes, it is a lot more fun enjoying several different beers in one evening. I drank 22 oz. of an 8.5% IPA a while back and I was more than done. It really sucked because I wanted to try some other beers.

P.S. Whats your favorite/most used recipe?

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Its great to hear that there are people here brewing the light beers.

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I also enjoy beers in the 3 to 5 range. If I want to get drunk there are much easier alternativves... Southern Comfort will do the trick very quickly.

Although there are some beers that seem to just be designed to have high alcohol... I was looking at the book "Brew like a monk"... dont think there is a single one in there under 7....

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Funny this came up. I've recently been scaling down my bigger recipes (and new ones I create) to allow for a slightly lower ABV. I also like to have a few beers vs. on or 2 that have me buzzing immediately. My pub ale is one that is a pretty low ABV, and the next version of LWPA is goign to be a touch lower too. That was bordering on IPA I think.

But I agree with the sh!t starter ( welcome to the forum ) that too many big beers are overtaking the session beers.

Don't get me wrong--I love a good big beer every once in a while!

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Don't get me wrong--I love a good big beer every once in a while!

As do I. A good Russian Imperial, Barley Wine or Belgian Tripel are great on occasion.
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Hey way to start $hit. lol. I totally agree though, beer is like the wine for the rest of us who dont have a few million in the bank for riny days. Although a high alcohol beer can be great at a party, i would rather have 2 regular beers and enjoy the flavor. Isnt getting drunk what the shot was invented for?

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