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Old 11-09-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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So in my quest to find some new beer's to make and drink, I tried sierra nevada pale ale, didn't care for it.. seems too.. I think bitter is how I'd describe, not sour really but defently not sweet and makes you more thirsty ..

so are all pale ales, pretty much the same? what other types of beer should I stay away from? I see on the sierra web site that the bitterness units are 37, should I stay away from others with this high bitterness units?

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Old 11-09-2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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If you're not really into bitter beers, stay away from IPA's (India Pale Ale) as well. Those have a ton of hops.

Keep trying other beers though, you never know what you might come across that you like.

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Old 11-09-2007, 08:37 PM   #3
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So in my quest to find some new beer's to make and drink, I tried sierra nevada pale ale, didn't care for it.. seems too.. I think bitter is how I'd describe, not sour really but defently not sweet and makes you more thirsty ..

so are all pale ales, pretty much the same? what other types of beer should I stay away from? I see on the sierra web site that the bitterness units are 37, should I stay away from others with this high bitterness units?

thanks
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I love SNPA. It is the beer my first batch of homebrew was patterned after.

That being said, it is a very hoppy beer. Sounds like you aren't really a fan of hoppy beers. If you prefer malty beers, I'd stick with porters, stouts, and lagers. Most ales are on the hoppy side, if I'm not mistaken (and I very well could be, I'm still a beer n00b as well).
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:38 PM   #4
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Hmmm, I think SNPA is an easy drinking beer. I guess that shows different tastes!

If you think pale ales may be too bitter, how do you feel about something like Newcastle, or Rogue's Dead Guy, or Goose Island's Honker's Ale? Those are flavorful (well, Newcastle not so much ) but not bitter and you can get an idea of what you might like.

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I tried some Fat Tire the other day, and was good. I got a 6er to give it a test drive..

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so are all pale ales, pretty much the same? what other types of beer should I stay away from? I see on the sierra web site that the bitterness units are 37, should I stay away from others with this high bitterness units?

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Not all pale ales are the same. Some, like Sierra Nevada are assertive in their bittering. Others are balanced more to the malty side. You made a good observation with the IBUs, but it's also a matter of ratio to the amount of malt. A normal gravity beer with 37 IBUs will be bitter, while a high gravity beer, say around 8% ABV will taste sweet with the same IBU level. Someone around here has a chart showing gravity, IBUs, and how the flavors are perceived...
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I know most people love SNPA, but I really don't like it either. It is kind of hard to describe, but it must be the hops that I don't like. I have had their Brown ale, and don't like it at all either. BUT I love the celebration ale.

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If you like a low hopped beer, try a Belgian Blonde or even a Wit.

An ESB will have a relatively high IBU, but will also be much more malty so the bitterness is not as evident.

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I found the link and in referance to the previous poster, he's where I got it. Thanks BM!

http://www.brewsupplies.com/hops-gravity.htm

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