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My 5 favorite beer styles

  • Mar 13, 2010
These are my 5 favorite beer styles. They are numbered, but not in any particular order.
Brown ales
Brown ales come in many different variations and varying degrees of hoppiness, from not at all hoppy to nice sharp brown ales. They are suitable for any time of year, any season, and there are a lot of really good ones out there. They are very underrated!
Stouts are great fall/winter beers (though I love them so much, I drink them year round). Usually consisting of a foundation of chocolate, malt, coffee and smoky notes and flavors, there are many interesting varieties to choose from! (Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout and Schlafly's Coffee Stout are excellent examples.)
Porters are like stouts' baby my opinion, they both share the same flavor profiles and aromas but porters are a little less bold and intense in body and flavor. To me, porters are to stouts as merlots are to cabernet sauvignons. (Some tasty examples are Highland's Oatmeal Porter and Nethergate's Old Growler Porter.)
India Pale Ales
My taste in beer usually leans toward the well-balanced to the malty side of things, but I do have a place in my heart (and on my palate!) for a good hoppy IPA. There's just something I really love about a nice juicy, citrusy hoppiness from an IPA. Hoppy beers are, I think, an acquired taste, but there is something about a good hoppy, mouth-puckering beer that just must be appreciated. (Some excellent examples are Dogfish Head's 60-Minute IPA and Pyramid Brewery's Thunderhead IPA.)
Wheat beers
Wheat beers, witbiers and hefeweizens are all, like IPAs, an acquired taste. Once I acquired the taste, I found a great deal of enjoyment in a hearty wheat beer. Some of the best are like drinking a glass of wheaty bread. (Some good wheaty examples are Yazoo's Hefeweizen and New Belgium's Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer.)

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September 08, 2010
IPA all the way, IPA all the way!! And APAs can be just as awesome too! So far the most hoppy IPA I've had and loved was the Ruination IPA from Stone Brewery in GA. Which leads me to my favorite IPA (so far): Stone's IPA. Maybe it's because Stone's IPA is one of the most consistent IPAs I've found. A close second is is Bell's IPA brand called Two-hearted Ale from the UP in MI. -don't play games with your beer
August 19, 2010
I like the first three more, but also British and Scottish ales, not to mention Belgian beers, which seem to be their own realm.
August 14, 2010
I love stouts. I like a beer that a spoon can stand up in!
June 25, 2010
Personally, I love myself a good IPA. I'm learning to like wheat beers, and I agree about it being an acquired taste. What a lovely list! I could go for a cold stout right about now. :)
March 14, 2010
My preference order would be different than yours, Scott, but, in concept, I agree 100%. Nice list.
March 15, 2010
Thanks....the first three are not particularly in order, though they are above the other two. I think they are all tied for first :D
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