Anybody try Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA?

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    Wife bought me some Odell IPA. I don't often have it because I go straight for the Myrcenary DIPA, which is fantastic. Anyway, the IPA was really good, too. Tons of hop aroma, and a nice flavor. This could be a go-to IPA along with Two Hearted and Founders Centennial. Oh, and Summit Saga - that was a winner, too, but probably a notch below the others mentioned here, also probably at a lower price.
     
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    ^ Odell IPA is very nice. had it out west a while back. liking the homebrew better than the store bought lately. probably fresher which makes a difference in some styles.
     
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    Ah, it's Lucky 13 time again. My fave Lagunitas brew is in season and I've had it 3 nights in a row...probably 4 in a row tonight. :) Cheers and happy weekend.
     
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    Have a good weekend everyone. I'll be enjoying my wine but at least I can have that. :)
     
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    Nothing wrong with a good wine either.
     
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    thanks man. best weekend possible to you as well.
     
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    Went out to eat tonight to celebrate the anniversary with the 'ol lady, and drank these two, in order:

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    Have had the Ommegang Witte before- really awesome, rivals Blue Moon. But the other I'd never heard of- Green Flash from San Diego. This one was good too- at 8.8%, it truly was!
     
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    Bought a single of 21st Amendment today. Hopefully it is one of the brews that gets along with the toe.

    I was on a plane to Dulles this morning and we were near Jax when an old man had a heart attack. We had to turn around and go back to Orlando.
     
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    Oops, accidentally got Centennial Ale, not Live Free or Die. Still damn good. Almost done drinking it and no toe problems yet...
     
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    I could go for Omnegang 8 days a week! goooold
     
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    Found a 6er of Brew Free or Die. Going to give her a whirl now, wish me luck...
     
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    The SINGLE beer I bought last night gave me no problems. I'm on sip 5 of the 6 PACK of beer I bought tonight and my toe is turning red. So now I'm out 10 bucks since my wife does not drink beer.

    Wait, I think I was sitting on my foot! Halfway through and toe feels fine. This beer is soooooooo good. Almost finished with the beer and nothing so I'm a happy camper.
     
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    Wrote too soon, now I feel it in my toe. Weird how some beers I can handle.
     
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    This is indeed a very good thing, happy to hear it man!

     
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    Another few minutes and all is fine again. Weird.
     
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    6er of Magic Hat Vinyl Lager
     
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    Finally tried Saga tonight - that's a tasty beer. Certainly not top of the heap for IPA's, but for 9 bucks, it's got excellent bang for the buck.
     
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    if u changed your diet then not surprised.
     
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    Yesterday I had a Hop Lanta IPA from red brick brewery, Atlanta. Pretty good, nice and hoppy. Also an oatmeal porter from Highlnd Brewery,Asheville. Good also. tasty, smooth, but not heavy.

    Went to a beer festival over the weekend but strangely cannot remember everything I had. :confused:
     
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    We will be enjoying a simple SA Summer Ale this long weekend. Friday is the weekend right?

    Tennis this morning, son's first 'official lessons' today after finishing school yesterday, start of the summer for teh wrxinsc family!
     
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    I think that's the best of their seasonals. I have not had the summer seasonal that just launched, Elder Betty.
     
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    Mikeler:
    I hate to keep riding you about this, but I've been there for the past year, so I know what you're dealing with. You might want to get an oral steroid pack to knock out the inflammation. My toe bothered me for months, and I wasn't really able to get rid of the inflammation until I cut way back on my meat intake (which is crazy, because I barely ate meat in the first place except for chicken and sushi).

    Some people just generate a lot of uric acid, and some people have trouble excreting it (even if they are young and fit). Also, watch out for some vitamins because they compete with uric acid for excretion. I'd still also recommend getting your blood tested for uric acid content to see where you stand. If you are in the normal range, you can probably manage it with slight modifications. If you are above the normal range, you are still building crystals, so you will need to make some bigger changes.
     
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    Are you suggesting I go to the doctor? Remember, I'm a man and we don't do that sort of thing. :)

    My toe has been 100% since the last beer I had a few months ago. This was the first minor dust up. It just turned red for a few minutes but that was it.
     
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    Cashier mentioned Vinyl was being closed out since it was out-of-season. $4.99/6er. Prefer #9 to Vinyl and both to SA Summer Ale. http://www.magichat.net/elixirs/summer_elder_betty#/elixirs/vinyl
     
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    Had another Brew Free or Die tonight. This time, just drank it straight from the can. Last time, I poured it in a glass. No problems to report. Woohoo!
     
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    Had another can tonight without issue. Almost pushed my luck to try a microbrew after that for dinner but opted against it since I have a lot of walking to do tomorrow.
     
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    Finally had a Southern Tier Hop Sun, the best Summer Wheat brew IMHO.
     
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    Just got back from a week in VA, enjoying the mountains and many of my favorite beers.

    Starr Hill 'The Love'. Not a huge wheat beer fan but this one is fantastic. Probably the best I've tried.

    Starr Hill 'Festie' Amber. Again, not my fave style but a refreshing beer on a hot, humid day in Charlottesville.

    Blue Mountain Full Nelson strong Pale Ale. My personal fave pale ale, bordering on IPA hoppiness. I know I've mentioned this beer before numerous times but I just love it and everything Blue Mountain puts out. I drank more than my fill of it this trip. Just wish they would distribute out west. :)

    Blue Mountain Dark Hollow. An Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for 100 days. I'm usually not a fan of bourbon barrel beers, as the alcohol flavor often cuts through the beer, but BM has this one nailed. It's a deep, flavorful, complex stout that picks up all the good flavors of the barrel without that harsh ethanol taste other beers of this style tend to have. I haven't had this one in a few years but my first thought (also confirmed by my wife, a legendary fan of Old Rasputin) was it's up there with Old Ras, maybe even better.

    I also had an IPA at Bull and Bones brew pub in Blacksburg that was actually quite good. My buddy had a few growlers at his house and we took them down pretty quickly. Very similar to SN Torpedo. I was pretty surprised to get an IPA that good in southwest VA (where I grew up).

    I also had a Southern Tier pale ale that was quite good (can't recall the name). It's good to see ST beers readily available in SW VA these days. Happy weekend everyone.
     
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    I tried to get my wife to go out on a winery tour in Northern Virginia earlier this week but to no avail.
     
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    Almost done with my Saranac Blueberry Blond Ale:

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    Got it for the wife who's been working hard with the baby. I'm typically not a 'fruity' beer fan, but this one's not bad.
     
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    Wow, sounds like a great trip and some awesome beers. My class at UVA had a reunion in Charlottesville this weekend. Wish I could have made it!
     
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    Thanks, Z. C-ville (and the surrounding area) is such a great beer town/area these days. We were there on Memorial Day, meeting friends from Williamsburg (who are in the process of moving to NYC-bummer). Most everything was closed on the Downtown Mall, so we headed over to Mellow Mushroom, then let the kids run wild on the Grounds. My kids had crashed by the time we were passing by Afton/Blue Mountain but I talked my wife into stopping so I could get some beer to go. Good times.
     
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    I am looking for a good site/book on identifying all the different beers out there. I have just started really getting into trying different beers of all kinds and not really sure what I am looking at. So any recommendations on some good resources to educate myself?
     
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    beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com are good places to start.
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/Tasting-Beer-Insiders-Worlds-Greatest/dp/1603420894

    This is a great book that will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about beer history, styles, brewing process, and how to taste beer.

    The tasting notes on the ratings websites will tell you what to expect in a beer. Sometimes that can be helpful when you are evaluating a new beer. I think it's especially helpful when you're having trouble identifying flavors in very complex beers.

    However, don't pay too much attention to the actual ratings. It's kind of like tennis racquet ratings--the heavy racquets that are impossible to play with get top ratings. The more playable racquets that suit most players get lower ratings. On Beer Advocate, anything extreme like the imperial stouts, double IPAs, etc get top ratings. Most anything approachable or sessionable gets lower ratings--even if it's a great beer.
     
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    This is true, however, ratebeer allows you to look at top ratings by specific styles. So, as an example, if you are a big fan of amber ales, you can search out the highest rated here

    http://www.ratebeer.com/beerstyles/amber-ale/53/

    Then find out if those highly rated beers are available in your area. You can also look at ABV ranges, etc.
     
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    Sorting by style is a great idea. For someone just getting into craft beer, I'd still recommend taking those ratings with a grain of salt. If you take the ratings literally, you might conclude that some styles are "better" than others. Really it's all personal preference, and people should follow their own taste buds. Of course, if you're a craft beer veteran, you already know all of this.

    People who get deep into tasting beer--at the beer judge level--evaluate a beer much differently than people posting on a website. A beer judge rates a beer according to style in much the same way dogs are judged at a dog show. They are looking for certain traits that should be present (ABV, SRM, IBU, etc) and also looking for things that shouldn't be there--like "off" flavors. That said, certain off flavors are key elements in some beer styles, so it can get complicated. People train for years to do this.

    Many styles have 1 beer that constitutes the parag0n of that style. (Sierra Nevada) A beer judge would give that beer the highest score every time, whereas a random person on the internet might give it middling marks because they prefer something with more IBUs.

    So I agree--it's helpful to measure beers against each other within a style, but I do think the ratings can be confusing for people who are just getting into beer.
     
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    I also use these sites 'backwards' sometimes. I try out a new beer or style that I really like, and study it to find out why I like it. I don't have years of tasting and/or an understanding of the dynamics at work, so learning about them helps me find the best choices for me.
     
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    Love reading your beer posts Z-man. So are you a beer tasting expert?
     
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    Thanks--I'm nowhere near the skill and knowledge level of a BJCP certified judge. My experience is more on the sales, marketing, and operations side. There are people out there with incredible palates who can detect subtle differences in beers that most people wound never notice. They can also back that up with knowledge of every obscure style and off flavor. When I get some time with these people, I just try to soak up as much as I can. Professional brewers and home brewers also tend to know a lot--good folks to have a beer with!
     
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    thanks guys for the recommendations. I just ordered the book and hope to get my beer snob on soon.
     
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    My starting 5 lol:

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    Harp Lager, Beach Haus Winter Rental, River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus (DIPA- woot!), Horizon Wheat Ale, Trader IPA
     
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    ^^^ Never seen any of those beers before.
     
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    ^^^

    If you're able to get Point beer, are you a *******erner? Didn't think they distributed very far beyond Wisco....
     
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    You've never had Harp, before? Same brewers as Guinness.
    River Horse is a brewer here in Lambertville, NJ. Actually planning a trip there over the summer with the family, as the town is very family-oriented.
    The others are new to me too.

    SlapShot:
    I live in NJ, so not sure. Got these at ShopRite, which is one of the major supermarkets here.
    Not a big fan, I must say. Not terrible, just not what I was expecting.
     
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    My bad, I have not seen the Harp lager. Can't remember what versions of Harp I've tried to be honest. :oops:
     
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    The Harp label was majorly overhauled a year or two ago. It used to be beige.

    Were these beers bundled together, or was it a "Pick 6"?
     
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    Bought a 4 pk of DH Festina Peche tonight.
     
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    Just tried Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale the other day. I gotta say I like better than their normal IPA.

    Ballast Point Pale Ale is decent, though I like Kona Firerock Pale Ale better.

    Anchor Summer Beer is super crisp and refreshing. It's a perfect beer for a summer cook out.

    Has anybody tried Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA?
     

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