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Old 02-04-2010, 03:04 PM   #11
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This is it. I go on ProBrewer every once and a while, but never post. Ratebeer and Beer Advocate are pretty much useless. I've never seen a collection of supposed beer lovers who know so little about drinking/tasting beer. The only beers that get really rave reviews are huge RIS's, big IPAs, big beers in general, and extremely hard to find Belgians.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:09 PM   #12
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This is it. I go on ProBrewer every once and a while, but never post. Ratebeer and Beer Advocate are pretty much useless. I've never seen a collection of supposed beer lovers who know so little about drinking/tasting beer. The only beers that get really rave reviews are huge RIS's, big IPAs, big beers in general, and extremely hard to find Belgians.
I agree completely. I thought I was the only one who held that opinion about BA and Ratebeer. I can't stand how over the top beer snobby most people on those site are.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:47 PM   #13
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This is it. I go on ProBrewer every once and a while, but never post. Ratebeer and Beer Advocate are pretty much useless.
This is pretty much me too. Except Beer Advocate has a half-decent quote every now and then.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:49 PM   #14
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I agree completely. I thought I was the only one who held that opinion about BA and Ratebeer. I can't stand how over the top beer snobby most people on those site are.
Me too. All you learn going there is that the members like extreme beers.

The sensory evaluations of a particularly beer vary so widely that there is no question that the vast majority of reviewers are horrible at describing beer. Unless you know which ones are getting it right, how do you give any weight to any of them?

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:02 PM   #15
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This is it. I go on ProBrewer every once and a while, but never post. Ratebeer and Beer Advocate are pretty much useless. I've never seen a collection of supposed beer lovers who know so little about drinking/tasting beer. The only beers that get really rave reviews are huge RIS's, big IPAs, big beers in general, and extremely hard to find Belgians.
I love Beer Advocate, but I will agree that their tasting notes are so random and off the charts that sometimes they make little sense. I showed my girlfriend 4 reviews on the same beer and she was laughing at how the flavors one guy experienced were so concise and clear, yet the next guy had a COMPLETELY different flavor experience. It's weird when you have one guy saying he can taste bananas, cloves, spices, and green apple then the very next reviewer saying he can taste marshmellows, caramel, and vanilla.

RateBeer on the other hand is super snob central. They're brutal over there as a whole, but yet every single Imperial Stout's rating is off the charts.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:06 PM   #16
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HBT and MoreBeer for their Deal of the Day
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:08 PM   #17
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:20 PM   #18
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HBT and a little beeradvocate. BA has liquor store and LHBS reviews that are useful.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:26 PM   #19
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Beer Advocate - Beer news in general
HBT - no explanation needed
Northern Brewer - great forum
Beer Tools - necessity
Mr. Malty - still need to calculate pitching rates
Myrtle Beach Craft Beer Cooperative - local craft beer news, shameless plug
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:35 PM   #20
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Probrewer.com-mostly just to dream though
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