2 at 5% or 1 at 10%

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  1. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    3-4% for weeknight drinking. I love flavor, and enjoy drinking a pint. With a beer of that strenth, when well made, I can thoroughly enjoy 20oz for the same amount of alcohol as a 5-6% 12oz. To me, especially since I love English session ales, it's a no-brainer, and I get the satisfaction of having brewed it myself as well. I also enjoy medium- and high-gravity brews as well, but usually save the high-gravity stuff (and especially those in bombers/750s) for Friday and/or Saturday night when a nice buzz, hanging out w/the lady and watching movies (before we have kids) is still an option.
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  2. vol4life88

    vol4life88 Initiate (174) Jan 6, 2013 Tennessee

    Well, since I'm in Tennessee, I'd love to have that 10% out of a grocery store someday!
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  3. psykosis

    psykosis Aspirant (268) May 21, 2009 Indiana
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    Whichever taste better. Abv of a beer rarely matters to me, other than to know how much I can have.
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  4. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Crusader (700) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    The bar has been confirmed. Maybe try following the thread before you run your mouth?
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  5. jsm1289

    jsm1289 Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 New York
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    eh i'll take two 5% guezes over one RIS at 10% all day
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  6. DanK4

    DanK4 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Maine

    If I am out at a bar I like to hang around the 5-8% range and I'll usually toss in a high gravity beer or two in the beginning or end of the night. All about pacing yourself. At home though... fuck it, give me the BCBS and a Triple and I'll wash 'er down with whatever else is in sight.
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  7. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    If you keep track of your alcohol consumption, you probably aren't someone that I'd like to hang out with.
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  8. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Crusader (700) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    Wow. for real? Fucking horrible.
  9. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    My mouth wasn't running at all. I was completely silent.
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  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Can I choose however many I want at whatever ABV I want?
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  11. Svendozen

    Svendozen Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    I think we all like the buzz....but I like only enough to enhance the expirience...not cloud it. Two 5's for me.
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  12. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Well said. Wanna hang out?
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  13. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    I'll take all three please, the beers and the chicks.
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  14. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    If ABV is why you drink beer you are doing it wrong.
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  15. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

    Agreed. Or you're drinking brand-name +"Ice".
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  16. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2010 Tajikistan
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    To answer the OP, I'd probably just stick with drinking 20 of these.
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  17. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    When you are used to drinking 7-8% beers as a rule, a 5% beer is light to some people - like myself. It's just what I've gotten used to. A 5% beer, unless extremely flavorful, seems watered down to me.
  18. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I drink what I feel like drinking at the time I'm ready to drink. If I drink a high ABV beer and feel a little tipsy as a result, I'll just take a break and have some water instead of opening another beer right away. Life is short; if you take your time drinking your beer it may seem to last a little longer.
  19. BackwoodsBrewing

    BackwoodsBrewing Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2012

    Friday had a Hopslam and 2 Night Stalkers drafts have to say 2 at 10% will do.
  20. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I understand that. I was just kind of saying that jokingly. 5% beers are not light beers at all, they just, as you pointed out, taste light when you're used to drinking bigger brews.
  21. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Obviously. Hell I'll take one 20 year old over two 40 year olds.
  22. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Stop trying to make it out that any time ABV is mentioned it's the reason for drinking the beer. Get off your high horse. ABV is most certainly a consideration for many people when choosing a beer.
  23. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Aspirant (274) Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    If the long term of this is 10 at 5% or 5 at 10% I want the 5 because 3-5 is probly enough, generally like stronger more flavorful beers, and drinking 10 beers is brings on too much of a space/volume issue.

    But, if my only choice is 1 or 2, I'm taking two because 1 of anything barely wets the whistle.

    Fav. WC Fields quote,"What weasel stole the cork out of my lunch".
  24. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    I prefer three, 6-8oz pours of 9-13% abv beers. Generally speaking, body for me is the most important factor. If a beer is at 5% and is thick, I will chose that (which is why I choose nitro taps for that reason). It just so happens that beers with more body tend to be more alcoholic too.
  25. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Didn't realize I was on a high horse and I know ABV is a consideration, I just see people that consider the ABV as the most important part sometimes. I enjoy high ABV beers myself as well as low and mid strength beer.
  26. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,925) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    Shouldn't the decision be two 40 year olds or one 20 year old?
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  27. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (704) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    1 @ 10%! No question. However, I would love to see breweries move more imperial brews to 12oz bottles. I'm not always up for 22oz at 10, 11 or 12+ percent so every time I can find a great imperial in a twelver, I'm happy. I'd lilke to thank Bell's for doing a great job at this (Expedition stout, 3rd Coast, Hopslam, The Oracle). Don't get me wrong, a bomber of Hopslam would do things to me most women can't!
  28. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    1 @ 10. Show me 2 5% brews that can give the flavor of one 10%.
  29. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Aspirant (215) Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    Someone else mentioned drinking a 10%er and then following it up with a water. For me, that defeats the purpose.
  30. birchstick

    birchstick Poo-Bah (1,685) Sep 2, 2007 Colorado

    Gueuze, brahski
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  31. jammalamma

    jammalamma Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New Hampshire

    One at 10%, always-
  32. GeoffTBreashears

    GeoffTBreashears Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 California

    I am one of the few who doesn't drink a beer for the alcohol content, but rather the flavor. So I would have to say 2 at 5%. This isn't to say I shun all 10% beers, as there are quite a few that I do enjoy.
  33. srandycarter

    srandycarter Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2006 California

    I have reviewed like 1500 beers. I have to say, the higher ABVs usually get the higher ratings. Not always, but usually!
  34. csbinva

    csbinva Aspirant (220) Jan 13, 2010 Virginia
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    Not sure who is fooling who, nobody can handle two women, don't care the age! Bunch of women on here, give me plenty of 10% beers and I'll be happy, who wants water!
    It's like overrated Notre Dame thinking they could hang with the SEC, not happening, sure I'll get a ton of mess but it's true.
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  35. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (109) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Send me the two 40 year olds, each carrying a bomber of BCBCS, please. Youngster over there can take on the cheerleader with the Magic Hat.
  36. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    I'll take the 1 @ 10% any day of the week. More ABV true, but 1/2 the liquid volume too, less bloating. Also chances are the 10% stuff is far more enjoyable in flavor.
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