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Pilsner glasses for IPAs?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DarkDragon999, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. I usually drink IPA's out of a goblet or pint glass but I have a flared pilsner glass I want to use and I'm wondering how common or acceptable it is to drink an IPA out of a pilsner glass.
  2. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Savant (345) New Jersey Aug 19, 2012 Beer Trader

  3. MADPolo

    MADPolo Savant (465) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    Acceptable to who? Take your beer and pour that shit into any glass you feel like! Drink it up man! lol...
  4. Well pilsner glasses are thinner and I know for an ipa you want a wider mouth to release the aroma. Thats why I asked.
  5. Stoutish

    Stoutish Zealot (90) California Jan 1, 2013

    Generally if I have an IPA sixer I'll try different glasses, I've found that pilsner glasses give more of a straightforward hops profile as you drink them. Belgian tulip glasses will really bring forth the fruity profiles of a good IPA. Experiment! It's what brings out half the fun of craft beer! It's tough to get the Pils glass to temper the brew however.
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  6. MADPolo

    MADPolo Savant (465) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    I know man, I was just messing with you. I'm sure someone will give you the technical answer you are looking for.

  7. From what I've read the tall, thin pilsner glasses (which I'm assuming is the kind you mean?) are mainly for presentation (showing off the clarity and light color of a pilsner) and a little head retention. I'd recommend a tulip for IPA's.

    That said, glassware doesn't make that big of a difference. Drink out of whatever makes you happy.
  8. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    i pour everything into this just to feel like a bad ass.
    dsal89, gcamparone, Premo88 and 6 others like this.
  9. Beer bongs are the only "true" way to appreciate the complexities of the tannins and high levels of alpha acids that are present in most IPA's.
    Morey, BrewmanCapote, AdamP and 3 others like this.
  10. Stoutish

    Stoutish Zealot (90) California Jan 1, 2013

    If you're not breaking out your beer bong right now, your behind the game!
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  11. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Advocate (625) Georgia Nov 13, 2008 Beer Trader

  12. bosse

    bosse Aficionado (180) Sweden Apr 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    the best glasses to drink IPA┬┤s in are big wine glasses
  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    I use this type of Pilsner glass from time to time (I think it's kind of nice as an all-purpose glass, though a bitch to keep clean):
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  14. I use weizen glasses for double IPAs. Whatever floats your boat!
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  15. modern

    modern Aficionado (230) Ohio May 31, 2012

    I just got some Goose Island Summer Wheat Pilsner glasses that are great for anything. I drink a lot of IPA's so those go in there. Honestly, I don't notice a lot of difference between a shaker pint and a tasting tulip. If you like the glass, use it.
  16. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Savant (250) Illinois Mar 31, 2011

    It makes a taste difference, but let's not get crazy. You'd drink it from the bottle if you had no glass. I say that, but then, I hate straight sided pints for really fragrant beers. So I'm a damn hypocrite.
    Anything that flares out and then narrows will do for me, but I prefer snifters and globes because then I can look like a bigger jerk when I drink. :)

    But if you worry about the glass you use, you're doing it wrong.
    seakayak likes this.
  17. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Savant (430) Arizona Oct 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I always pour mine in an Oversized wine glass. Cause I love to smell em. At least for the first time Im drinking a new IPA.
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  18. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (660) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    You have my permission
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  19. crossovert

    crossovert Champion (810) Illinois Mar 29, 2009

    drink it form one of these pils glasses:
  20. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    IPA in a Pilsner glass, you will burn in BA hell!!
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  21. I feel like such an unsophisticated heel. I rarely bother with a glass and just bottle feed !!! ;)
  22. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    Your beer. Doesn't really matter. I have a Hitachino Nest pils glass that I drink a lot of my IPAs out of.
    BrettHead likes this.
  23. Yeah, but all the other poured IPAs will be pointing at it and laughing. Justifiably of course.
    BrettHead likes this.
  24. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Disciple (65) Feb 8, 2013

    There was a bar around here in Cambridge that was selling Hopslam in Pilsner glasses. It still tasted like Hopslam and I don't believe that the Bros ever wrote them a citation.
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  25. Does it matter if it's common or acceptable? Do what feels right - even if that means drinking beer from a sippy cup.
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  26. I prefer my hoppy beers in Pilsner glasses over Tulips. Call me crazy or wrong but that's just my preference.
  27. jacobbocce72

    jacobbocce72 Savant (390) Texas Dec 18, 2011

    I drink all my beer out of a Yahtzee shaker...
  28. jlenik

    jlenik Savant (480) New Jersey Jan 22, 2009

    I've drank porters out of my pilsner glass too. For some reason it's soothing to see something long dark ;)
  29. I drink IPA's out of pilsner style glasses all the time. Alot of people will probably disagree with me, but to me its either pour it in a glass or don't. Who cares what glass. Heady Topper demands you drink it from the can so who knows....
  30. Good Pour!
  31. I've drank IPAs out of a pilesener glass. Tasted just fine.
  32. Sounds risky. I wouldn't try it.
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  33. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I love Pils glass my last one broke, do it. And I don't like to drink out of shaker pints, I absolutely hate them. I have some that are cool to collect, but as a drinking tool they suck.
  34. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Pour it in and try. Not trying to be an ass, but pour an IPA into a pils glass and try it. That is the only way you will know how the glass showcases the beer.

    Internet forums are great for asking questions, but sometimes the answer lies within your own experience.
  35. nachos

    nachos Savant (310) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'll drink my beer in whatever I find on you after I take your lunch money and give you an atomic wedgie.
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  36. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Quit apologizing, you're not that far off. I have my personal geeky technical opinions of glassware vs. the beer style and unless you have a big glassware collection, pour it into whatever vessel floats your boat, the aroma and "overall experience" may be compromised a little but it won't kill the flavor.
  37. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    :eek: I have a pretty generous collection of eclectic glassware with some really cool stuff but THAT has to be THE coolest piece I've ever seen...hands down. (I'd probably drink any style of beer out of that one just for the coolness factor.)
  38. Premo88

    Premo88 Champion (865) Texas Jun 6, 2010

    I'll do it. What the hell. My only pilsener glass is very similar to my tulip anyway.

    Frankly, I have no issue drinking any beer out of anything ... so long as its beer.