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Old 03-04-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default Do you let IPA's breathe before drinking??

I had never tasted an IPA until yesterday. Where I live they don't sell single bottles and I usually don't go to bars, so I didn't want to risk investing in a six-pack at the prices the locals charge due to our punitive pricing laws. Anyway since a Biggs opened up they got a permit to sell single bottles and have a limited selection of singles. Since I do like some bitter beers, such as Canadian lagers, I thought I would try an IPA. I chose a Christian Morelein Northern Liberty along with a six-pack of Salvator I got to start a Lenten tradition of my own with. Anyway, when I got home I opened the IPA and took a swallow from the bottle and YUCK! It was like drinking perfume. I then poured it into a glass and let it sit for a while and the perfume smell taste melted a bit. I still wouldn't buy or make this but are IPA's made to air out a bit before drinking? Is it supposed to taste like flowery perfume or was this just something odd with this brand?


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Old 03-04-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Many IPAs will evolve quite a bit as they warm up. I usually drink pretty slowly (I can nurse a pint for an hour), and I really enjoy how it changes during that time.

The actual aroma/flavor profile depends mostly on the hops that were used. Most American IPAs, especially west coast examples, are citrusy, piney, resiny or dank. There is a lot of flavor diversity.


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IPAs (American, English, Imperial, Facemelters, Etc.) should be poured into a beer glass (as all beers should) to allow the head to form and release the aroma and carbonation that is trapped durning conditioning. Good IPAs have a melding effect on the palate and nose. bad IPAs bitter the mouth and flare the nostrils. though many peopel have developed a taste for IPA, i don't know many that have LOVED them the first time. they have to kind of grow on you. i would suggest a little lighter IPA, Sam Adams 48 Latitude or Noble Pilz. Bells Two-Hearted Ale, your local retail store should be able to advise you on a lighter IPA.

My first experience with IPA was from Big Sky Brewers, (can't remember the name but it has an antelope on the bottle) HORRIBLE!!!! swore off IPAs for life. then tried SA and Sierra Nevada's Tornado. Haven't looked back and i sometimes can even taste the hops when i am really craving a beer.

best of luck and don't give up completely on IPA
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Many IPAs will evolve quite a bit as they warm up. I usually drink pretty slowly (I can nurse a pint for an hour), and I really enjoy how it changes during that time.

The actual aroma/flavor profile depends mostly on the hops that were used. Most American IPAs, especially west coast examples, are citrusy, piney, resiny or dank. There is a lot of flavor diversity.
Now I could do with piney. It is all I can do not to drink the Pinesol when the floor is being mopped. And yes I mean that. Any suggestions on what to try?
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If you like piney then try a stone IPA. It's one of my favorites however, as stated earlier you may want to start out lighter. Maybe a Longhammer IPA.
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"risk investing in a six-pack"

It does sound like a risky investment. What was your personal rate of return on that investment?
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I always drink IPAs from a glass, and always let them breathe. Let it sit in the glass for 2-3 minutes and you're good to go.

IPAs taste gross right from the bottle, IMO. The flavors don't flow properly.
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always drink GOOD BEER from a glass. allows nose to get in the glass and smell the malt and hops. taste is a large % smell.

Bells Two-Hearted Ale is a BIG beer but highly addictive, price point is not low, but it's one I truly enjoy. Dogfish head 60 min is a good starter too, 90 min is a Double IPA and a big beer. takes some getting used to but once you stun your tastebuds wow is it nice. definitely one that needs a breathing time. not sure if you can get any of the sweetwater brews from GA but 420 extra pale ale and their IPA are both nice. (I thought 420 was an IPA before going to website fair amount of hops
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"risk investing in a six-pack"

It does sound like a risky investment. What was your personal rate of return on that investment?
I usually always have the desired ROI of drinking a six pack. Good taste and a nice buzz are the two main factors that I have diversified into with my portfolio.
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always drink GOOD BEER from a glass.
Bingo. The only beer I'll drink from a bottle is the fizzy yellow stuff. Anything else gets served in appropriate glassware. The way I see it is if I'm gonna spend 10+ bucks on a nice bottle of beer, I can spend a few more bucks and get the appropriate glassware to serve it in.


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