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Old 08-08-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
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If you look at the ratings of the top_beers as judged by the BeerAdvocate you will not that the beers at the top have very high alcohol content.

http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers

It seems to me is that what is judged best correlates to high alcohol content.
Can I come to the conclusion that what people like most about beer is the taste created by the alcohol?

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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....more than likley not...

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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There has been a trend towards higher alcohol beers in North America for years. Just about everything new that comes out is creeping up higher and higher

Is it a trend or is it the reality of North American craft beer? Dunno.

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Higher alcohol beers have more flavor because they're made with more malt, that's why they tend to be rated higher. If they were being rated solely on alcohol content, you'd see a bunch of cheap malt liquors on there.

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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No, its just because BA is full of beer snobs who don't really know much about beer...

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:48 PM   #7
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Higher alcohol beers have more flavor because they're made with more malt, that's why they tend to be rated higher. If they were being rated solely on alcohol content, you'd see a bunch of cheap malt liquors on there.
I'd say it has more to do with most limited release beers being either high alcohol or sour (almost all that aren't high alcohol on the list are sour), and all the tickers on BA giving them high scores because they're "rare".
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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No, its just because BA is full of beer snobs who don't really know much about beer...
this.

 
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:01 PM   #9
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I like a high gravity on occasion. But If I am going to be drinking several beers at a time (which I usually do) , give me something in the 4-6% range. Anything above that is too much in most cases.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:16 PM   #10
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I stopped rating beers in beeradvocate when people started messaging me about how much of an idiot I am for not rating a beer as they think it should be. Almost 90% of the top beers are rated higher just for the fact of how rare it is or how special and limited it is.
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