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Old 12-06-2012, 06:16 AM   #21
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I've got a few around here. The half case has taken a while to drink.
That being said, it's not a bad beer. It does make you re check the label to see if you poured what you thought you did.
IPA with no hoppy goodness.

It's no premium beer, but weinhard's isn't a premium beer. It's a better mass production beer. Nothing more.
I do buy their variety packs from time to time when I go to a buddies house. If not one of two things will happen.
I will be there with nothing but a 30 pack of Busch cans to drink. ( anything in a 30 pack is not going to be great) I can't stomach Busch.
OR.... I buy Black Butte and feed two premium beers to him for every one I drink!
Henry's is a good compromise.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:36 PM   #22
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I got my 6-pack for $5.99 from a discount grocery store so I knew exactly what I was getting (or I had a suspicion that it wasn't going to be a great beer). I get the warning. But it's definitely not the worst tasting beer I've tasted. I would still classify it as an IPA.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #23
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It tasted like bitter lies. Seriously though, I was suspicious but wanted to try something new. Opened it up and was not impressed by the aroma considering the hops listed. When I tried it, I couldn't place the flavor but definitely had something "lite" about it. Got through half a glass before I had to look it out and found out my suspicions were correct.
I guess it's ok for a cheap beer, but that's not how they market themselves.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #24
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I too wasn't impressed.

Also screw top bottles so I couldn't even re-use the bottles.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:21 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Flsurfdog View Post
I guess it's ok for a cheap beer, but that's not how they market themselves.
What buisness practice markets for being "cheap". Just because miller now produces and distributes it...?
Since AbInbev now sells and distributes bourbon county stout. Is it water-downed piss??
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #26
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It's Henry Weinhards. It's okay. It's cheap. It's not a "real" IPA. This is not a secret.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #27
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I'm in agreement, this stuff shouldn't be called a hoppy IPA. Much better beer out there for the price.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #28
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Just a little recent background on Henry's. Since 2003 it has been brewed in Oregon under contract with Full Sail. Miller is not renewing the contract for 2013 and taking the product on a national level. Full Sail doesn't promote Henry's, you can't get it on tap at the brewery, but the deal has been a financial boost for Full Sail. They are probably sad to see it go.

With all the other much better choices here in Oregon I don't think I've had a Henry's in over 10 years.
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Wife brought home a sixer of Private Reserve, I'd preferred they kept it private & not shared it with the public. It was rank.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:46 PM   #30
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Just to clarify: Henry Weinhard's is not one of the new "fake craft" brands. It was brewed in downtown Portland for decades until they sold out; sounds like now that they're owned by Miller, Henry's is showing up east of the Rockies as a new brand for some of you guys.

Due to regional availbility, back in the 70's and 80's Henry's had some of the same mystique and desirability that Coors used to for those outside Colorado. When my grandparents came up to visit from California, my Grandpa used to pile a few cases in the trunk for the drive home, since it was supposedly better than anything they could get down there.

The Private Reserve and Ale were always go-to beers during my high school and college days, and a definite step above the usual BMC stuff. I'll still sometimes pick up a half rack for campsite consumption. Recently they've come out with some more styles (IPA, Hefeweizen etc.) to try to keep up with the times, with varying success. Just have the proper expectations for what you're buying.

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