Are there any styles you find yourself having a hard time appreciating?

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  1. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    red, brown, and cream ales... yet to try one I can really get into
  2. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Belgians. Can't do it, just not my taste, and too many other good beers to waste time trying to like them.
  3. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

  4. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Meyvn (1,036) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Smoked marzens.
  5. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Smoked beers are probably the ones that throw me off the most.
  6. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    The only style of beer I can't appreciate is those non-alcoholic ones. Don't know what it is, but feel as though something is missing....
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  7. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I've liked most of them, but that one was a chore to drink.

    I may have to be a bit of a hypocrite, because SA Vixen is actually a very tasty beer.
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  8. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Rauchbiers, Black IPA, and most ESB.
  9. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I actually liked the 11.11.11, but the Red Wine version blew the original away. It was so strange and complex that for a second your taste buds aren't sure whats happening.

    The lighting sucked for this pic.

    "The nose is definitely from the wine barrels. Acidic, red grapes, booze, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, apple skins, brown sugar, caramel and just the slightest hint of chiles. The nose is very similar to a sour (specifically Russian River Supplication). The taste is odd, complex and intriguing. Cherries, grapes, chiles, red wine, oak, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, apples, a hint of bitterness and some subtle booziness."
  10. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    Using the BA style list, these are beer styles that, no matter how well-made, just don't do anything for me:

    -Black IPAs (American Black Ale)
    -American Blonde Ale
    -American Pale Wheat Ale
    -Black & Tan
    -Chile Beer
    -Pumpkin Ale
    -ANY American lager of any style
    -Euro Pale Lager
    -Any Japanese lager
    -Pretty much any fruit or vegetable beer

    I've had enough of these styles to either politely decline or try a few sips of for courtesy's sake. They're just not for me.
  11. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Well shit, now I want to try that version
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  12. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    What DO you like??

    I would have agreed with you on the Japanese beer thing, but then I had a sampling of a few beers from Kiuchi brewery and now im sold on their quality. Their sake barrel aged belgian strong was awesome!
  13. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I have found worthy beers in every style I have tried, save for one. Rauchbier. I can not get past the meaty, smokey, umami taste that these beers impart to my palate. I may yet find one I enjoy. That said....I do love the peat-smoked flavors in many Scotch Ales.
  14. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    English style barleywine is WAY better than the overly-hopped american style IMO. Put it into bourbon barrels and it is one of my top three styles.
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  15. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    Those who like to get knocked around by beer never seek out the amber. DoubleDBA from Firestone kicks much ass, but it is indeed Imperial. Oak Creek amber from AZ tastes like breakfast cereal, does that count?
  16. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Defender (657) Sep 10, 2012 Florida
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  17. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Sours. I've only had three different ones, but my body has a strange reaction to them. I get all gassy, and get pain in my chest, which subsides when I have dozens of tiny burps. This really sucks, because I actually like the flavor a whole lot. I wonder if it's the bacteria, but I drink Kombucha all the time, and have even home-brewed it. I also make my own lacto-fermented veggies, so I don't know exactly what my body is reacting badly to.
  18. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    just fruit beers mainly, Kriek the really good ones I can appreciate but its not my thing. oh I do not like the gruit beers at all. Give me hops or nothing.
  19. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Havent tried either. I cant stand the regular DBA . Too sweet and not enough hops. Its also a bitter and not an Amber
  20. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,658) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Belgian Dubbel (save Pater 6 and the likes)
    Belgian Strong Dark Ale
    Black IPA
    Brown Ale

    As a whole, these guys just don't get much love from me.
  21. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,248) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Tripels, Brown Ales, And Dubbel's. I have had a few good triples, But they are few and far between in my opinion.
  22. dianimal

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    I'm still quite new to trying good craft beers, but I didn't care for the Belgian pale ales or IPAs I tried in the past so I stopped trying them. If someone can recommend some really tasty ones, maybe I will try again.
  23. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (438) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    I don't know if there's any style I'd write off completely, I can think of an example I like in most, but I tend to avoid wheat heavy styles and beers that have added coffee\smoke flavor (although I enjoy the natural notes of those flavors in porters\stouts).
  24. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,408) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    I don't care for really bitter IPA's. However, I found Bear Republic Racer 5 to be very smooth without much of the bitterness found in other IPA's. I enjoyed it. I'm probably going to take some Racer 5 (and other styles) to a Super Bowl party to introduce craft beers to friends.
  25. Melikeydahop

    Melikeydahop Initiate (0) May 19, 2012 New Jersey

    Most beers not of the american IPA variety. I do enjoy the occasional porter every now and then, and don't mind a well made pumpkin ale come the fall. But mostly...anything that's not an IPA. That said there are many different styles I haven't tried yet so maybe that will change.
  26. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    Pilseners. not that i have anything wrong with the way the taste, but if i want something crisp and refreshing i'll just drink water. then again i'm not one of those people who drinks beer all day, every day. so when i drink a beer i want lots of flavor and alcohol.

    and of course, pumpkin beers. can't do em.
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  27. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (628) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I was like that with sours at first also. Then I had another and another and now I'm craving them. For me, I have a hard time appreciating Imperial Stouts. They're alright and I'll drink and enjoy one or two a year but I just don't seek them out and it seems the vast majority of BA's really love them.
  28. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    Pilsner - taste similar to AALs to me, just more expensive

    Pumpkin - f'ing gross, I don't get it at all
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  29. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    While I have preferences, I can find a beer in pretty much any style that I enjoy. My palate is a whore.
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  30. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    For me its sours, i can do the fruit lambics (love Raspberry Tart) and Flanders Red, but the straight lambics and sours just put me off. I received a RR Beat 5 and some Mo Betta Bretta in a BIF box and I am scared to open them at home. I dont want to drain pour what others say are great beers if I don't like them. Waiting for a tasting. that way I can taste it and decide.

    That being said, 2 years ago you couldnt get me to drink more than one IPA of any type in a sitting. Now I LOVE them so hopefully the Sours will grow on me.
  31. dianimal

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    Oops...! I guess I was misleading in my post. What I am trying to say is that I don't care for Belgian pale ales or Belgian IPAs (not all IPAs in general). I actually LOVE IPAs (just not Belgian!), DIPAs (Palate Wrecker!!), sours, and strong ales. I tried some Belgian beers about a year ago (I wish I could remember what they were) and didn't see what the big deal was. Not much flavor.

    As I said, I'm still a newbie so I may not be explaining myself very well...
  32. lilredrocket

    lilredrocket Initiate (43) Nov 12, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Not a fan of barleywines at all have had a few different ones and just not my thing
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  33. avalonct

    avalonct Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Michigan

    I've tried for years to like sours and they still don't agree with my pallet....all my buddies tell me to keep trying different variations and eventually they will taste delicious.
  34. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    I don't like sours. I even visited Crooked Stave down in Denver with an open mind. I appreciated the craft of the beers, but they all tasted like Warhead candy to me. Just not flavors that I prefer to be in beer. I haven't found any lambics that I'm crazy about. I did, however, try an Oud Bruin (O'dells) and I liked that well enough. But I still wouldn't seek it out often.

    Anything overly light and muted. Such as cream ales or blondes. Just kind of boring.

    I don't want to say I dislike wheats because I've had a few that I've really liked, but overall, the style doesn't excite me much.

    A fruit beer has to be super balanced and special for me to be happy about it. of them bore me, but I'm trying really hard to keep an open mind. And there are some styles of lagers that I like more than others, like the occasional Oktoberfest at the right time of year. But overall I usually ignore lagers.

    All that said...I will try samples of any beer. I've never been unhappy that I had the experience of trying a beer, whether I liked it or not.
  35. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    This. I scored a bottle of King Henry last year, and while it was certainly the best barleywine I ever had, overall I barely thought it was ok. The first barleywine I ever had was Old Crustacean, and that stuff was gross to me, despite its 90/99 rating here. It's just something I can't get into.
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  36. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Nope, but I have hard time understanding how certain styles are overappreciated.
  37. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    I like browns, porters, stouts, ambers, all English styles, all German styles (except Kolsch), lots of stuff with the word "pale" in the style name... pretty much all Belgian styles...
  38. ValleyOfTheSuds

    ValleyOfTheSuds Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Arizona

    Saisons. But I just picked up a bottle of Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, so I'm hoping that'll change my tune.
  39. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    IPA (but there are some that I like... for example, Victory Hop Devil)
    Cheap adjunct Lagers like Busch and Natural Light.
    And of course Malt Liquor is usually pretty bad. Tastes like corn-water. Funny because i used to drink it quite often.
  40. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Belgian and Stouts for sure. Having said that I absolutely love Surly Darkness but every other RIS I have tried has fell flat.
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