Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Please help me educate my palate

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-25-2007, 01:05 AM   #1
Poindexter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Poindexter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: interior Alaska
Posts: 1,210
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default Please help me educate my palate

Since I have started homebrewing I have retraced the familiar territory to see what beers I still do like.

Guiness stays. Smithwick's stays. Firestone-Walker Pale stays. Fat Tire stays. My favorite "small" brewery is still Rogue. Every other beer I ever drank in my life was apparently swill. I have brewed a bunch of Brit and US ales, one dopplebock racked to 2° today.

I just finished a Duvel; I have a Chimay white(8%) and and Trappists Roquefort 6 in the fridge.

The Duvel I will be cloning and I picked up the ingredients for BrewPastor's 08-08-08 RIS today. I have one gallon pilots of five different meads going and 5gal of Apfelwine that weighed in at 1.008 and falling this morning. And I tried a HB wit today, first wit I ever liked. It was "Wit Men Can't Jump" from the SA Longshot competition.

I like the Duvel enough to go looking for some Lambics, pretty much right now.

What else do I need to try? I looked in to making sake, but I don't love it enough to bother with all that.

TIA

__________________
Poindexter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2007, 03:22 AM   #3
Poindexter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Poindexter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: interior Alaska
Posts: 1,210
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew
What about IPAs? Ever try Stone Ruination? or Stone IPA?
I used to like IPAs. My batch number 2 was an IPA. Past favorite was the Red Hook Long Hammer. I'll make a point to try a couple Stone products.

Also, if anyone can think of a good German lager, Beck's/St. Pauli taste sun struck to me now.
__________________
Poindexter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2007, 03:54 AM   #4
Ize
...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ize's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 2,287
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Paulaner makes some fine, fine beers. Well worth investigating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulaner


Ize

__________________
"They who drink beer will think beer"
-Washington Irving

Sig to re-open when it's less of an embarassment
What I do for a living on the web... www.wsoyam.com
Ize is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2007, 06:07 AM   #5
surfbrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SLO County, CA
Posts: 290
Default

Just my opinion, I love IPA, but I wouldn't base your idea of IPAs' on Long Hammer. I don't mean to say that it is a bad beer but there are definently much better examples of the style out there.

I whole heartedly endorse any Stone product, Anchor's Liberty Ale is a fine example, as well as Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Now, these are all American IPAs' and will be quite different from traditional British varities, which are also quite tasty.

As for other styles of beer, as long as you are experimenting with Belgains give Piraat a try. It is one of my favorites. Big, malty, golden in color and very, very tasty. One more that I would highly recommend is Budvar. It is a Czech pilsner and IMHO is one of the best examples of the style. One word of caution on Budvar, and any beer in green bottles for that matter (as you elluded to) is try to buy it from a store that knows how to take care of beer and that moves a lot of beer so that it is not stale. If you can find Budvar that has been taken care of and kept out of the light, it is outstanding.

There are so many others that are great beers, but these are a few that come to mind now and are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

__________________
Irish Hills Brewery

Primary #1 - Apfelwine #1
Primary #2 -

Conditioning -

On Tap - Abbey Road ESB
Liquid Amber

Next up - Belgian Dark Strong, Apfelwine
surfbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2011, 03:10 AM   #6
slatorian
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 40
Default

i haven't had much chance to try many other IPAs, but i endorse the Dogfish IPAs. i like the 60 min a little more in this warmer period between that and the 90 (havent been lucky enough to have had a 120 min). have you tried any wheat beer varieties? hefeweizens or other? ive heard good things about rasputin imperial stout (since you like guinness).

good luck on your trip for more good beer! cheers

__________________
slatorian is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2011, 03:46 AM   #7
LarryC
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LarryC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 742
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 19

Default

If you can get them in your area, Green Flash IPA is great and so is Sculpin from Ballast Point. I really like IPA's and keep finding good beers (of many varieties) all around me. One of my latest "faves" is Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes.

Back in the day, I was usually a brand loyal person but now I think variety is the spice of life

__________________
LarryC is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2011, 04:27 AM   #8
944play
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 2,733
Liked 35 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

A lot is going to depend on what you can get fresh and unabused. I just finished a six-pack of Lagunitas IPA that, while drinkable, was NOT what we're used to getting in-county -- I imagine if that beer was someone's first impression of Lagunitas, they'd be unimpressed.

Delicate beers like Pilsners, IPAs, Hefeweizens, and Wits do not travel well. Drink local, or brew your own!

__________________
OD: ?
Pri:-
Keg: Simple AIPA (2-row, Chinook, Cascade, WLP090)
944play is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2011, 07:21 AM   #9
biochemedic
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
biochemedic's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Carnegie, PA
Posts: 1,800
Liked 77 Times on 68 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slatorian View Post
i haven't had much chance to try many other IPAs, but i endorse the Dogfish IPAs. i like the 60 min a little more in this warmer period between that and the 90 (havent been lucky enough to have had a 120 min).
When I read the OP, I immediately thought to mention Dogfish Head...without discounting many, many other truly great IPA's (Stone, Great Divide, Russian River, Heavy Seas, Bell's, etc., etc.), I personally think the 60 min is about the perfect all around IPA (and it's the one beer that really turned me on to craft beer/brewing). That being said, definitely grab just about anything you can from Dogfish Head. Some people don't like their stuff, but if nothing else they brew unique, creative beers, and I think always worth trying.

Edit: and going back to the OP, if you're into checking out Belgian-esqe beers, Russian River also makes some good Belgian style brew, and if you can get your hands on anything from Ommegang or Allegash -- both specialize in Belgian inspired brews
__________________
Packaged: A bunch of random stuff...*and* American Pale Mosaic SMaSH
Recent Meads: Mead Day '11 Ginger Metheglin, Mead Day '12 Traditional (orange blossom) Mead, Fresh Simple Cyser '12
Primary: Hopefully being refilled next week!
Secondary: Why do I keep this line here...?
Bulk Aging: Cocobochet
Planned: Hop Metheglin #3 (NZ hops), Trad. Gesho T'ej
biochemedic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2011, 07:38 AM   #10
prrriiide
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Smokin cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Posts: 609
Liked 16 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Poindexter View Post
Since I have started homebrewing I have retraced the familiar territory to see what beers I still do like.

Guiness stays. Smithwick's stays. Firestone-Walker Pale stays. Fat Tire stays. My favorite "small" brewery is still Rogue. Every other beer I ever drank in my life was apparently swill. I have brewed a bunch of Brit and US ales, one dopplebock racked to 2° today.

I just finished a Duvel; I have a Chimay white(8%) and and Trappists Roquefort 6 in the fridge.

The Duvel I will be cloning and I picked up the ingredients for BrewPastor's 08-08-08 RIS today. I have one gallon pilots of five different meads going and 5gal of Apfelwine that weighed in at 1.008 and falling this morning. And I tried a HB wit today, first wit I ever liked. It was "Wit Men Can't Jump" from the SA Longshot competition.

I like the Duvel enough to go looking for some Lambics, pretty much right now.

What else do I need to try? I looked in to making sake, but I don't love it enough to bother with all that.

TIA
You MUST try DFH's Midas Touch. Copied from a 2700 year-old recipe, it's probably the most complex beer I've ever had. The thing that grabbed me is this: as you lift the glass, breathe in through your nose. You will smell freshly plowed earth from the saffron. As soon as the liquid touches your tongue, the smell disappears and this awesome, malty-honey goodness hits the back of your palate and lasts through the finish. Seriously. Plowed earth.
__________________
It seemed like a good idea at the time...
prrriiide is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is my palate shot Wino24 General Beer Discussion 6 11-03-2009 12:39 PM
Yeast Starter? Educate Me! kontreren General Beer Discussion 3 07-04-2009 03:38 PM
Hop Palate scoots Recipes/Ingredients 4 05-03-2009 05:20 PM
Educate me on yeast... mciaio Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-07-2009 12:18 AM
Looking for suggestions to build my hop palate K-Bizzle Recipes/Ingredients 10 03-09-2009 06:31 PM