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  • smoothpete 26 May 2017 21:26:47 34,353 posts
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    Currently drinking a Pliny The Elder from Russian River, Santa Rosa CA. This has frequently appeared in the top beers in the world lists. I don't know about that but it is pretty fucking good. Just a faceful of hops.
  • Psychotext 27 May 2017 11:13:47 62,167 posts
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    I'm really not sold on these massively hoppy ales. Annoying that's the way the industry has gone of late.
  • Vortex808 5 Aug 2017 20:12:41 11,743 posts
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    A Fierce beer 'Kindred Kunindra'.

    A Thai cocunut porter apparently. Not tasting any coconut at all, but plenty of the cayenne it has. The chilli is probably over-riding everything.

    I have to say I don't really dig chilli in beer. Not one to try again, they've definitely made better beers than this.:(
  • drhickman1983 6 Aug 2017 17:35:27 5,009 posts
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    I stumbled across a promo on social media for the beer supscription service Beer52, that got me the first delivery of 8 beers for £6. This month it was Norwegian beers, from the Amundsen and Ægir breweries.

    Pretty nice beers. Amundsen's Grapfruit Saison was pretty nice. Their Pilsner was good too, and Ægir's session IPA hit the spot nicely.

    The thing that I found cooler than I should have was the cans. I don't know if it's a Norwegian thing, but rather than having a regular ringpull, you pull most of the lid right off, so the can becomes a kind of cup.

    Like this:



    It made drinking from a can more enjoyable than usual.

    Edited by drhickman1983 at 17:36:08 06-08-2017
  • elstoof 6 Aug 2017 18:08:35 18,870 posts
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    Fucking hate IPA. I imagine it's a handy way to cover up the fact the beer underneath is a load of shit though, chuck a fuckton of cheap hops in there and don't worry too much about malt extraction or consistency
  • drhickman1983 6 Aug 2017 18:13:38 5,009 posts
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    IPA's can vary in quality, absolutely, but there are plenty of fine examples.

    Though the prevalence of IPAs over other beers is a bit annoying, when looking for interesting beer about 75% of the bloody things are IPAs. Then a load of APAs tend to be as hop forward as IPAs.

    My preference is for stouts, but those heavy, opaque drinks just don't really work in Summer.

    Edited by drhickman1983 at 18:16:51 06-08-2017
  • Tubey 6 Aug 2017 18:17:00 94 posts
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    I'm in Poland at the moment enjoying their beers, I'm impressed.

    Tried one with root beer spices and another with honey both of which are quite splendid. Also works out at about 60p a bottle!
  • elstoof 6 Aug 2017 18:33:22 18,870 posts
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    Got a cellar full of belgians, think I'll open a 750ml bottle of Saison Dupont tonight. Something I've really enjoyed lately is Hitachino Nest Red Rice beer, as well as a saison from Mystic in Massachusetts called Renauds, hope to have more of that next time I go over to Baston
  • Gibroon 6 Aug 2017 18:55:32 1,938 posts
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    Noticed a local tesco metro selling the wonderful westmalle dubbel for only £2.10.
  • Syrette 6 Aug 2017 19:01:07 49,335 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Got a cellar full of belgians, think I'll open a 750ml bottle of Saison Dupont tonight. Something I've really enjoyed lately is Hitachino Nest Red Rice beer, as well as a saison from Mystic in Massachusetts called Renauds, hope to have more of that next time I go over to Baston
    Get a load of this guy.
  • THFourteen 6 Aug 2017 20:11:08 46,483 posts
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    Sam brooks pumphouse pale ale tonight.
  • drhickman1983 9 Sep 2017 10:50:30 5,009 posts
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    Had some pretty nice beers.

    Northern Monk - Neapolitan Ice Cream Pale Ale. The idea didn't sound all that appealing but it worked surpisingly well, the chocolate and strawberry notes are present but gentle enough to not become overbearing. Would drink again.

    Sierra Nevada - Hop Hunter IPA. If you're not a fan of hops you wont like this, as it's incredibly hoppy, actually made using hop oil. But very drinkable and nice, refreshing and clean. I agree that hops can be used to cover up shitty beers, but I didn't get that impression here at all.

    Wild Beer Millionaire - A fairly sweet dark ale, though not as sweet and cloying as Dark Star's Creme Brule. It has chocolate and caramel notes, quite warming. Amazing dessert beer.

    Põhjala Prenzlauer Berg - A sour wheat beer with a strong raspberry flavour. I don't drink many sour or fruit beers, so the taste was a little unusual, but after acclimatising it was rather drinkable. Surprisingly creamy.

    Edited by drhickman1983 at 11:33:04 09-09-2017
  • wobbly_Bob 9 Sep 2017 11:13:31 4,268 posts
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    @drhickman1983

    Sounds like some great beers! Had the Sierra Nevada and really like it. I'm a big fan of very hoppy beers so it's down my beery alley. Like b the sounds l of the Neapolitan ice cream beer.
  • monkehhh 9 Sep 2017 11:18:52 4,739 posts
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    Love Northern Monk's refectory in Leeds.. big fan of walking down the canal to it, getting some Thai food from their current kitchen, having a few of what's on tap, then getting a few cans to take away and getting an Uber home :) Their A Newer World DIPA is very nice!
  • wobbly_Bob 9 Sep 2017 12:50:08 4,268 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    Love Northern Monk's refectory in Leeds.. big fan of walking down the canal to it, getting some Thai food from their current kitchen, having a few of what's on tap, then getting a few cans to take away and getting an Uber home :) Their A Newer World DIPA is very nice!
    That sounds brilliant.
  • Dougs 9 Sep 2017 12:52:04 83,939 posts
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    It really does.
  • Syrette 9 Sep 2017 13:51:49 49,335 posts
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    Damn. A number of bottles in my collection are past their best before dates. Not by much mind but perhaps I should drink what I've got first before regularly adding to the collection...
  • Jono62 9 Sep 2017 14:03:38 18,463 posts
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    Best before is for guidance although the taste of the ales may not be as nice.
  • Pierre2k 9 Sep 2017 14:05:05 898 posts
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    I've recently got into trying lots of different craft beers, ales and stouts. I've even made my own lager and stout, both of which turned out surprisingly good.

    However, I absolutely cannot stand really floral hoppy beers. It's like drinking perfume. I hate the amount of beers that appear to be marketed as "craft" on the basis that they've just stuck 3 times the normal amount of hops in it. That said, there's clearly a market for it, so who am I to judge.

    I'm a big fan of really malty beers, with a nice thick mouth feel. Any suggestions?
  • Syrette 9 Sep 2017 14:43:59 49,335 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Best before is for guidance although the taste of the ales may not be as nice.
    I know mate, just annoyed with myself.

    :)
  • wobbly_Bob 9 Sep 2017 16:18:08 4,268 posts
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    Had a beaver town neck oil today. Very nice.
  • elstoof 9 Sep 2017 16:25:32 18,870 posts
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    Pierre2k wrote:

    I'm a big fan of really malty beers, with a nice thick mouth feel. Any suggestions?
    Belgian dubbels
  • RichDC 9 Sep 2017 21:02:36 7,573 posts
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    @drhickman1983 Millionaire is a great beer! Excellent taste and only 3.5% or something around there!

    Anyone at the Beavertown Extravaganza this weekend?
  • wobbly_Bob 9 Sep 2017 22:26:27 4,268 posts
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    RichDC wrote:
    @drhickman1983 Millionaire is a great beer! Excellent taste and only 3.5% or something around there!

    Anyone at the Beavertown Extravaganza this weekend?
    I would have went but only found out it existed on Thursday so by then all the tickets were gone.
  • monkehhh 9 Sep 2017 23:08:10 4,739 posts
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    Had some favourites tonight after a nice walk..

    North Brew Co - Piñata
    Duchess de Bourgogne
    Brighton / Magic Rock / Wylam - Rize!
    Northern Monk - A Newer World
  • monkehhh 11 Oct 2017 22:48:06 4,739 posts
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    Northern Monk - Mango Lassi Heathen IPA. Tastes damn good, great tropical taste without being a fruity beer. 7.2%.
  • Psychotext 12 Oct 2017 00:29:27 62,167 posts
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    I've realised that I just keep going back to the Belgian beers. Them and the Porters. They just work for me, taste wise.
  • mal 12 Oct 2017 00:38:25 28,662 posts
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    Different people have different tastes. When I last went to Belgium, I tried all of the local brews I could, especially that trappist stuff. I found only really Orval had the depth I liked. I do like a porter occasionally, but don't really find them moreish, like I do pretty much anything from Batemans, probably my favourite brewery in the world.
  • Psychotext 12 Oct 2017 00:50:19 62,167 posts
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    Definitely. It's just a shame I'm not in the IPA crowd, because we seem to be completely buried in them of late.
  • mal 12 Oct 2017 02:38:19 28,662 posts
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    How are you with barley wines? While they're not an everyday drink due to the strength (although if you're used to dubbels, I doubt that would put you off), I really enjoy Bass No. 1 when I can find it, and I went through a phase of drinking Robinson's Old Tom (which is not technically a barley wine, probably just because it's not quite strong enough).
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