Acid reflux issues with IPAs?

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  1. bdd23

    bdd23 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2014 Arizona

    Only beer/IPA to ever give me heartburn was Stone Go-To IPA. I haven't drank it since.
  2. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (725) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    U r not alone. I don't have acid reflux, I am in good shape, eat well and exercise 3-4 times per week and I get heartburn from some beers like Heady.
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  3. crob3888

    crob3888 Meyvn (1,222) Oct 10, 2010 California

    My family and I have suffered from varying degrees of acid reflux through our lives, and before I started using acid-blocking prescription medication to counteract the effects of reflux, I definitely found that IPAs were giving me heartburn attacks. I'm in good shape, but if you aren't, start with a good diet and exercise to counteract those things. Things that helped: eating food (and a good diet helps), drinking less in general, not laying down after drinking/eating (in fact, a short walk with the dog after drinking will often help rev up your metabolism). If you still find yourself suffering from the effects of reflux, I would consult with your doctor to discuss more personalized ways to address the issue, perhaps medication.
  4. BeerMeBro720

    BeerMeBro720 Devotee (432) May 2, 2013 Ohio

    Sours can tear me up. Especially Upland :confused:
  5. jefeld

    jefeld Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2010 Illinois

    Anyone experience the more silent reflux without the typical heartburn ?
  6. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California

    I love jello and that gives me heatburn, but beer no I am good
  7. humuloner22

    humuloner22 Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 North Carolina

    I drink beer when I have heartburn and it goes away. Now the next day after a night on the town. That's a different story. Not really acid reflux as much as just total dyspeptic dysphoria, aka hangover. Also could be you are just getting old. Shit happens when that occurs. The odd thing about acid is sometimes you don't have enough. I had a Chinese medicine specialist tell me to drink vinegar to increase stomach acid in that case. Could be you are allergic as well. That's why medicine is a "practice" nobody knows what the hell is really wrong with anyone, no matter how much education and experience they have its all a guessing game.
  8. DeepBrew

    DeepBrew Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2014 Texas

    Quick, get a patent for this!
  9. sukwonee

    sukwonee Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Washington

    Taking anti-acid pills and drinking can actually cause further acid reflux issues. I used to take anti-acid pills on a daily basis only to find out later that I had the exact opposite problem. I had too little stomach acid. I now take Betaine HCL pills before meals. You should probably get tested for low stomach acid.
  10. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (283) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    Bud Light Clamato does it for me definitely

    Kidding aside, I feel the sours, tartier belgium beers (orange peel anyone) does it for me. Luckily IPAs do not trigger anything for me.

    Super carbonated beers do it for me though. Think of the macro AAL or import AALs. They make me full way too fast and just sit in my stomach. The higher ABV beers seem better (maybe its the lesser volume)?

    Now that I think about it. GI BCBS does it for me too. Super alcohol booze burn goes right to my stomach and causes a burn in my throat. Here I can probably pinpoint it to the ABV of the beer. I'm generally fine with the wide range of 5 to 11% beers though. Avery Tweak at 17% seemed okay, but BCBS is bad... I think overall, some people just can't stand some beers combo of ingredients and overall specs.

    Avoid certain styles and just hope the ones you really like don't hate you back
    #50 Oktoberfiesta, Feb 6, 2015
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  11. SmashPants

    SmashPants Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Australia

    Agreed. Never had any problems at all, but I find I am starting to get some reflux occasionally when I eat or drink alcohol due to putting on weight over the last 4 years due to incredibly stressful jobs.

    Also, yeasts are particularly known for causing refulx.
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  12. Pdemaras

    Pdemaras Initiate (55) Jan 30, 2015 Florida

    My Doctor had me taking Prilosec in the morning and Zantac at night. That cured me until I dropped 25 pounds, then I stopped both. Haven't had a problem since changing my diet and reducing alcohol other than beer. Those shots of Patron with a beer would certainly have me back on the meds in no time though.
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  13. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    Grapefruit Sculpin had me burping fire last week. Of course I did have 4...
  14. JAntony345

    JAntony345 Initiate (86) May 1, 2010 New York

    My GERD becomes a problem when I drink IPAs, however I have no problems with stouts
  15. JAntony345

    JAntony345 Initiate (86) May 1, 2010 New York

    Nexium decreases your bone density over time. You don't want to be old suffering from bone loss.
  16. oldsailor

    oldsailor Devotee (416) Mar 18, 2008 Connecticut

    Strong sours mess me up, always have. First time I ever had a sour was at Stone World Bistro and I ended up trying five other sours in that sitting. I was very miserable a few hours later!
  17. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (327) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    GERD runs in my family and I have some of the worst on the planet, as my acid reflux can lead to sudden vomiting if I don't stay on top of it. Triggers also change from day to day too, which makes it even more day I can eat pasta with tomato sauce with no meds and be fine, one day I can eat all bland foods with meds and be in pain.

    I eat healthy, exercise regularly and work hard to maintain a healthy weight.

    But to answer the question yes, I do find that IPAs generally tend to bother me more than some other beers.
  18. pnelting

    pnelting Aspirant (283) Nov 17, 2014 Texas

    I'll echo some of the others here. I can do IPA's all day long but sours seem to bother my gut a little.
  19. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Disciple (337) Oct 10, 2013 California

    I was recently Dx'd with GERD recently. I can tell you this, beer does not help with acid reflux. I'm a little overweight and like one of the posts above me, if you can control it with Prilosec (which I'm taking) and lose more weight, it'll get better. And if your acid actually climbs your esophagus, drinking beer or anything acidic will not things better.
  20. denverbeerguy

    denverbeerguy Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 Colorado

    Absolutely. Less acids, but the higher alcohol of the 120 minute definitely doesn't help...Whiskey and hard liquor definitely used to give me heartburn before I dropped the weight.
  21. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Initiate (65) Sep 4, 2014 Connecticut

    What is heartburn or acid reflux?...been vegetarian all my life.
  22. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Disciple (334) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    It's all the alpha acids in the hops. I find that if I don't have a lot of food in my stomach or drink several IPA's, I get a sour stomach and indigestion.
  23. BuffaloBrasky

    BuffaloBrasky Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2014 California

    I'm a pretty healthy guy, haven't had to go to a doctor in two years, middle range BMI....and I have the same problem as you. I drank a G'Ubna from Oskar Blues and felt sick the whole night. I know it wasn't a fluke either, because Knee Deep's Hoptologist did the same thing to me. Too acidic and piney.
  24. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (851) Jan 19, 2013 Canada

    When you use hops to flavour beers, what you're adding is alpha and beta acids. It's no coincidence that it effects some people in a negative way.
  25. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (453) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Nelson has never given me AR. Suggest a steady diet.
  26. Antg8989

    Antg8989 Champion (887) Jul 18, 2014 New Jersey

    Even though this thread is old, I figured I'd chime in. Just had Flying Dog's Tropical Bitch and got severe indigestion not even a quarter of the way through the bottle. Couldn't drink anymore. I think I've had this problem with Belgian Style IPA's before and Tripple Ales as well. Trying to figure out the common connection. It's unfortunate because I really like them :slight_frown:
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  27. Thecalmdrinker

    Thecalmdrinker Aspirant (218) Jun 27, 2015 Nevada

    I usually get it when I drink Double IPA's or Beers with coffee, but It's not too bad. Wish I didn't get it at all, though.
  28. PeteKuncis

    PeteKuncis Initiate (48) Dec 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Dunno. I would get reflux with or without beer. I'm on 40mg omeprazole prescription and have no issues. I have seemed to discover something in my protein shake nullifies the omeprazole. I have a shake and suffer. No shake and I'm fine.
  29. TooGood

    TooGood Crusader (723) Jan 28, 2014 Minnesota

    I get acid reflux bad with some sours, I'm looking at you Duchesse.
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  30. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,509) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Society Trader

    I don't take any kinda Meds around my breakfast shake. It might nullify the Meds, seperate them is what I,do.
  31. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,056) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Start taking Zantac before enjoyment. As a 37 year old beer geek since 24 years old, the only way to naturally stop acid reflux altogether is to stop drinking. Yes, I know. Grow some willpower.
  32. beersgud

    beersgud Initiate (180) Jan 31, 2014 Kansas

    Sours give me terrible heartburn, it sucks because I love them! I've never had that problem with IPAs though.
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  33. redbarnbikes

    redbarnbikes Disciple (342) May 27, 2014 New York

    sours are the only thing (beer or otherwise) that give me acid reflux.
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  34. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    I can't say I recall ever experiencing heartburn from IPAs or Double IPAs. But I can say that the Mike's Hard stuff or similar products will give in indigestion. I'd stay away from overly sweet beers and drinks.
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  35. Hendry

    Hendry Champion (829) Mar 8, 2013 Vermont

    Heady Topper is heartburn in a can.
  36. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (351) Apr 29, 2012 California

    My best friend has the same issue with IPA's. They don't agree with him; reflux to the point of nausea. Funny though...he can tackle sours and coffee just fine.
  37. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    My first nomination for Burn of the Year goes to @BltByKrmn
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  38. Ipaupaweallpa

    Ipaupaweallpa Initiate (179) Dec 26, 2014 Alabama

    Yes. So bad I throw up acid in my sleep and choke on it. True story. Prilosec helps, also not going to bed immediately after having a beer, and don't eat Crap food right before bed either. Last time this happened I had mcdonald's, then a Hopslam and a sculpin and I was burping up beer in my sleep. Sucks.
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  39. pattycakes8401

    pattycakes8401 Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2015 Indiana

    I've never had this problem with IPAs, but I do get indigestion with Sour Ales. Try letting one of Boulevard's Love Child sours warm up to room temperature and you will get heartburn from hell.

  40. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (431) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    That happened to me one night last year, fucking awful.
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