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For me, IPA's go well with NOTHING!

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by tronester, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. tronester

    tronester Advocate (645) Oklahoma Nov 25, 2006

    I know lots of people like to pair beer with food. I really don't care for it, however. Its especially pronounced with IPA's or other hoppy beers. Even if the dish I am eating is not sweet, it ends up making the IPA taste sour, overly bitter and metallica to me.

    Other styles arent nearly as bad, but I typically enjoy drinking a beer before the meal arrives.

    Is anyone else this way? :eek:
  2. Kenye

    Kenye Aficionado (170) Oklahoma Jun 28, 2012

    What exactly does Metallica taste like?
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  3. fiver29

    fiver29 Savant (425) Ohio Sep 18, 2007

    Spicy foods such as Indian pair well with IPA or try carrot cake. My favorite pairing with IPA is carrot cake.
  4. tronester

    tronester Advocate (645) Oklahoma Nov 25, 2006

    Pure brutal metal! :p
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  5. tronester

    tronester Advocate (645) Oklahoma Nov 25, 2006

    Thats the thing, I've tried them with dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala (Ok I guess not real Indian and sort of sweet) but others too like curry, and the same problem occurs for me.
  6. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Savant (395) New York Aug 21, 2012

    Try Led Zeppelin instead and I think you'll turn a "page" on IPAs.
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  7. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

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  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (815) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I actually kinda feel the same way. I'm a huge IPA fan, but I don't really like pairing food with them. But a hamburger with crumbled blue-cheese, bacon, and cajun spices with an IPA actually hits the spot. I had it once at Great Lakes brewpub with a Commodore Perry and it really paired well.
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  9. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Missouri Jan 27, 2012

    Cheez-its pair with anything. Just sayin'
  10. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (560) Washington Dec 13, 2011

    I like to pair my IPA with Football or sunshine in my deck
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  11. acevenom

    acevenom Advocate (555) Louisiana Oct 7, 2011

    A good IPA can pair well with spicy food.
  12. Personally don't enjoy pairing food and beer. You will never fully experience a beer if you are eating while drinking it. Period.
  13. Dope

    Dope Advocate (600) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    Hoppy beers + buffalo wings == unbeatable.

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  14. IPA + Chocolate Chip Cookie = Awesome
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  15. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aficionado (235) Oregon Feb 21, 2012

    When i pair IPAs with a lot of food, it makes them taste incredibly boozy for some reason..anyone else get this?
  16. I love a nice bitter IPA with a cajun chicken sandwich. But I generally agree with the OP's sentiment, I prefer enjoying a beer's full flavor without food getting in the way.
  17. This!
  18. rrock44

    rrock44 Savant (345) Washington Oct 27, 2009

    My mother in laws cooking tastes great with ipas.
  19. Haven't really tried pairing an IPA with food, but drink a rauchbier with some good barbecue. So obvious, and yet so satisfying.
  20. BeerBum

    BeerBum Aficionado (235) California Nov 13, 2012

    This. I couldn't agree more! Spicy wings and a cold IPA/DIPA is one of my favorite combos ever
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  21. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

  22. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Savant (400) Texas Nov 19, 2012

    I love having an IPA with smoked meats
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  23. RIPT

    RIPT Aspirant (45) North Carolina Sep 11, 2012

    Spicy foods. I find the hops/bitterness cuts the spice nicely. Then repeat...
  24. Chris_Cali_2o9

    Chris_Cali_2o9 Aficionado (245) Nov 18, 2012

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  26. Leaf_hound

    Leaf_hound Zealot (95) California Aug 29, 2012

    Like metal up your ass.
  27. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (555) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Meatless lasagna is pretty good w/ IPA. Roasted possum, too. (Hey, don't knock it 'till ya tried it)!
  28. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Savant (395) New York Aug 21, 2012

    I like to pair my IPAs with another IPA:) I have also found that cheesecake tops the list of food pairings.
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  29. Favorite pairing, ipa with general tso's or sesame chicken......
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  30. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Champion (910) California Jan 15, 2009

    IPAs with sweet. It's an amazing pairing. The best? Pliny the Younger with Krispy Kreme donuts - one of the great pairings of my life. (For real).
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  31. Replace 'nothing' with 'everything' and I wholeheartedly agree!
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  32. I'm with OP on this, I had an IPA with a pizza once, never again.
  33. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (390) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    For me it's all about pizza and IPA
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  34. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Savant (425) Michigan Jan 27, 2012

    I think spicy foods affect IPAs in two ways. One is masking the flavor of the hops way too much. Not too long ago I had Two Hearted on tap with some spicy chicken wings. It was a waste of money and a waste of a good beer as I could barely taste any hop flavor with all the spice on my tongue. The other way is amplifying the bitterness and the spiciness, making a mess. Spicy cheese will do this. Either way, spicy foods are a no-go with IPAs IMO.
  35. Just keep the beer out of the sun.
  36. Can't believe I'm the first to say this, but... Wrong forum.

    Anyway, I like IPAs with a lot of different foods. Spicy to further intensify things. Sweet to clean the palate of the bitterness then set it up for another dose of hops. Creamy cheese like a Brie or a bleu to give the prickly hops and carbonation something to cut through.

    Long story short, I completely disagree with you.
  37. Agreed. Beer should be drank before eating of food.

    I always get my friends wondering why I dont start eating until I'm done with the beer. The problem is, your taste buds sorta adjust to "eating mode" and, I have not proven this scientifically, but I feel the bitterness of beer on the palette after eating is highest right after eating. Give the taste buds time to adjust and then it will be fine again.

    And yes, with other beers, specially Belgians, this isnt a problem.
  38. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (465) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    An excellent ipa tastes good with anything- even my shoe....
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  39. What if the beer is the meal? Is that a problem?

    Honestly, I drink beers before, during, and after a meal (including ipa's). I never really got the whole pairing crap. Good food goes well with good beer. Maybe you just don't like ipa's, or hoppy beers, with food?
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  40. godlessape

    godlessape Savant (310) Georgia Dec 12, 2010

    Anything spicy: Thia, Chinese, gumbo, Mexican, or a heaping plate of my Buffalo wings. I love the extremes in heat, sweet, and bitterness all at once.