I was very impressed by the German Pils' when I went over there. After being informed (in the beer thread) that we make better beer than Germans (probably by resident hipsters ) I have been on a mission to find a good domestic Pils. Fail - They all taste like IPA, at least the ones I've found so far. Huge amounts of hops are fine in beer, like IPA, that warrants it but the insistence on putting gobs of it in everything they brew here sucks. A good pils is slightly bitter but fresh tasting and clean with the hops blending into the background in a subtle way. It's not supposed to smell or taste yeasty or sour. Granted we don't have the best selection here but I've tried a half dozen so far and not a decent one in the bunch.
I think many brewers have determined that Americans won't believe it's a microbrew and spend the corresponding price, if it doesn't taste like a wet sock.
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Call me a hipster if that means I can enjoy by DIPAs. I love all sorts of beers and Im pretty seasonal with my tastes but there is not much better than a Heady Topper or a Stone Ruination on a nice Spring day (hell really any season).
I too have an IPA (my house beer) and a bourbon barrell porter fermenting away as we speak...
This thread does nothing but prove Westbrook is a hipster. He hates what's popular.
What're you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that's your problem!
Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad IPA's out there, but don't write off all IPA's. I'm lucky enough to live in an area that has a tremendous number of world class IPA's and they stand head and shoulders above whatever I could find at my local grocery store.
The Alchemist's Heady Topper, Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, Maine Beer Company's Lunch, and nearly everything from HIll Farmstead (the place is unbelievable). They all make beers that are hoppy, crisp, fragrant, with a clean finish. None of this overwhelmingly bitter, back of the tongue stickiness that you get in most commercial IPA's.
I can't tell you how many friends have come to visit over the years and told me they don't like IPAs. They then try one of the aforementioned beers and turn to me and say it's the best overall beer they've ever tasted.
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I have friends that absolutely LOVE going there. I'll go to hang out, but I'll have a Miller Lite or a Corona, served fresh with a condescending look from the bartender.
I had a Dragon's Milk with my burger tonite
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