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Old 03-26-2013, 07:09 AM   #61
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The IPA trend has send me back to lagers- even at times back to cheap lagers/lawnmower beers... I want to be able to enjoy and sip a smooth brew without having to make a face and have to gargle after drinking a glass full of fresh grass clippings... enough already! I hope to see a return of nice brown ales, red ales, smooth porters and quaffable stouts- even a real pale ale that has a nice hop bite but is balanced with malt and alcohol.. instead of a 9% mess with a half a pound if dandelion leaves in it!

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #62
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The IPA trend has send me back to lagers- even at times back to cheap lagers/lawnmower beers... I want to be able to enjoy and sip a smooth brew without having to make a face and have to gargle after drinking a glass full of fresh grass clippings... enough already! I hope to see a return of nice brown ales, red ales, smooth porters and quaffable stouts- even a real pale ale that has a nice hop bite but is balanced with malt and alcohol.. instead of a 9% mess with a half a pound if dandelion leaves in it!
there is a certain je ne sais quoi about a lager, no doubt. it is absolutely the most unexplored territory in the craft beer world.
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Samuel Smith's India Ale (my favorite)
Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale (my second favorite)
St. Peter's India Pale Ale was a skunky mess but that may have more to do with the green bottles they use.
Fuller's India Pale Ale would be my favorite if I could find it.
I did try Bass' India Pale Ale. It is the BMC version of an English IPA.
thanks for the recommendations! i'll see what i can find at my craft beer store.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #64
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The IPA trend has send me back to lagers- even at times back to cheap lagers/lawnmower beers... I want to be able to enjoy and sip a smooth brew without having to make a face and have to gargle after drinking a glass full of fresh grass clippings... enough already! I hope to see a return of nice brown ales, red ales, smooth porters and quaffable stouts- even a real pale ale that has a nice hop bite but is balanced with malt and alcohol.. instead of a 9% mess with a half a pound if dandelion leaves in it!
Lagers are a rather unexplored area of craft brew. There is this awesome brewery nearby called Jack's Abby that brews an amazing "India Pale Lager" and even a "Cascadian Swarzbier".

lol, hops aren't going anywhere
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:35 PM   #65
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This thread is funny.

Styles I want to see more of: Kölsch, ESB, Maibock (or just bocks in general), and hey, why not, altbier. A local brewpub makes a wonderful sticke alt.

Agreed on the craft brew/lager comment. There's a place in town that only does lagers. I still need to make it in there.

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #66
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In St. Louis, Morgan Street Brewery does an India Pale Lager that is very good, Urban Chestnut does many lagers, and one of the best beers Civil Life Brewery makes is their Vienna Lager. But they all say that they can't make them all the time because for these small brewers, a tied up fermenter is lost money.

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Hoppy beers were a trend 5 years ago

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Funny how fired up people get.

Brew what you like. Drink what you like. If your local pub is only carrying "hop bombs" and it ticks you off, then go introduce yourself (in a friendly way) to the owner, and maybe ask him/her about it. I know that the owner of a local pub here in town is very open to suggestions from the public.

Long live hops and triple-digit-IBU bombs!

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Funny how fired up people get.

Brew what you like. Drink what you like. If your local pub is only carrying "hop bombs" and it ticks you off, then go introduce yourself (in a friendly way) to the owner, and maybe ask him/her about it. I know that the owner of a local pub here in town is very open to suggestions from the public.

Long live hops and triple-digit-IBU bombs!
a wise man once said, "it's all beer, it's all good"

wait. no, he was an idiot. disregard anything he says
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They will remain trendy because "you can't get what I get". AmIPAs require freshness. Almost impossible to do a good one nationally, or on an extremely large scale.

You also have more variety in the AmIPA style as most other beers combined. You get grass, onion, pine, cat pee,,,,but you also get grapefruit, orange, lemon, tropical fruit, and yes wet ganja. Fresh the combinations can be wonderful,,, give it a month or two, or a few weeks under the fluorescents in your local store, and they turn to bitter grass and pine if you're lucky.

Plus it is almost impossible to get the mix just perfect every time (hop chemistry changes lots compared to grain year to year), so a Hop Stoopid this year may just be good, where last year it was divine. And it's a chase to find that perfect mix again!

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