Beer styles you disliked, but like now.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by missdawn, Dec 31, 2012.

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  1. missdawn

    missdawn Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Since becoming immersed in the craft/fine beer world, are there any styles that you initially avoided but now enjoy? If so, which style? Is there a specific beer you give credit to for expanding your palate or was it a steady progression?

  2. searsclone

    searsclone Disciple (349) Sep 7, 2006 Arizona

    I used to avoid IPA's, but now I enjoy them. Specifically, Fat Tire started my expansion, and ambers were all that I liked. Now, I am willing to try just about anything!
  3. Chaney

    Chaney Poo-Bah (2,035) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Hefeweizens. Used to hate them, now I'm addicted.
  4. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    My first imperial stout was Tatonka from BJ's Pizza. Hated it so much. I remember just feeling the burn from alcohol in my throat. Now I can't get enough of the style.
  5. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,178) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Back when I first got into better beers, I didn't really like pilsners. The noble hops tended to really come across as bitter to me (more than IPA's with 5x the IBU's) and I just didn't really get the pale malt profile. Now a good pils is one of those things I truly enjoy.
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  6. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,197) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    Scottish/Scotch ales were something I needed to work into, along with anything smoked. Something about the smoked malts really had to grow on me. Now I'm a huge fan of Scotty Karate, Dirty Bastard, and Bell's Christmas.

    Now that you mention it, maybe those deserve a new review.
  7. BrewStew58

    BrewStew58 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2011 New York

    IPA's and anything with a lot of bourbon. Ironically now my two favorites.
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  8. OregonGrown7

    OregonGrown7 Zealot (569) Nov 2, 2012 Oregon
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    IPA's, until I had a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Holy crap that was good. Now I'm pretty much open to anything. except faro, yuck
  9. Kristenagrady

    Kristenagrady Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013

    IPA's. Now I love them. I liked Hefeweizen's from the first time I tried them.
  10. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,755) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    My first IPA was Flying Dog Snake Dog - which came across so bitter and astringent, I felt like my tongue was going to shrivel and die in my mouth. It was enough to make me never want anything with that acronym ever again. Then I gave DFH 60 Min a chance, and I haven't looked back since.

    Funny thing is, I think Snake Dog is a pretty decent beer nowadays.
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  11. kpanter

    kpanter Aspirant (205) Nov 25, 2012 Florida
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    IPAs for me as well. Thought they were way to hoppy and in-your-face flavor, now I cannot get enough of them. And oddly enough, IPA/DIPA's are my favorite style, my taste has definitely changed over the years.
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  12. OneDropSoup

    OneDropSoup Meyvn (1,048) Dec 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I never used to care much about American reds, but lately I can't get enough of them. Something about a stronger malt character with the assertive hops is really appealing to me.
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  13. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    Russian Imperial Stouts

    Was a big fan of Porters and Stouts from the moment I got into craft beer but the RIS took a bit to get used to. Really enjoy them now.
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  14. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Im starting to appreciate styles i overlooked before, primarily lagers. A good czech/helles pilsner, bocks, ect. Ive also grown to like bigger stouts, previously the imperials were a little to big for me. But at the end of the day I'm a hophead for life.
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  15. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Pilsners. I used to hate them, but now I find them super crisp and refreshing when I do have them.
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  16. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    As a lot of people have already said, IPAs. I got into beer via Belgian style ales, so at first, IPAs were an affront to my taste buds. Now I enjoy the hell out of them.
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  17. BJasny

    BJasny Disciple (378) Jul 10, 2011 Texas

    Russian Imperial Stouts, IPAs. Now 2 of the styles I most commonly drink
  18. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Im in the RIS camp, and most stouts in general.
  19. strohme2

    strohme2 Crusader (746) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    Sours and wild ales for sure. I'm crawling slowly towards them. I have to take advantage of Jolly Pumpkin being an hour away.
  20. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Quads. I am asamed to say i didn't care for St. Bernardus Abt. 12 the first time i tried it. Now a good quad or BSDA is my favorite thing in the world.
  21. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    English barleywines. I was a dumbass.
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  22. MEW

    MEW Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Colorado

    Disliked anything hoppy! Heady Topper changed all that... :-)
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  23. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,264) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I would say IPA fir me. Never had one, first try was a disaster, but stuck with it and tried different examples. I enjoy them now. Stone Ruination was a real ahhhhhhhh moment.

    Notice lots of comments about the lighter styles. I wonder if it is the change of pace from the heavier fare that makes them refreshing in contrast?
  24. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,223) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    IPA for me. I've been forcing myself to drink them over the past few months. Don't love them yet, but can enjoy them now.
  25. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

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  26. sommersb

    sommersb Initiate (0) May 25, 2010 Tennessee

    I've slowly started liking hoppy beers like IPAs and DIPAs. Couldn't really stand them at first. Barleywines opened the door for me to bridge between big malts and big hops.
  27. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, IPAs for me as well. Most of the ones I had before were just basically super bitter - and tongue coating at that - and I really had no love for them for a good year and a half into the hobby. But trying some of the really good citra stuff, like Two Hearted and Celebration, has got me enjoying the style and looking for stuff similar. Really need to get my hands on some Heady and looking forward to having my first Hopslam soon.
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  28. bonercity

    bonercity Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 California

    Hated anything hoppy at first. The next mountain I'm attempting to climb is the sour/gueze/lambic one. I'm starting to see what is appealing about them, but I gotta admit, that first taste was shocking.

    I don't like pilsner, and I've given it plenty of chances.
  29. surge1311

    surge1311 Initiate (185) Oct 10, 2012 Rhode Island
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    at first only liked Ipa's period and hated hated any dark beers. Now of course love all stouts especially barrel aged and shy away from most IPA's. Never heard of barleywines when I first started now my favorite of all. I guess palates change
  30. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    neither two hearted(centennial) or celebration uses citra hops.
  31. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Bah. Sorry, my autocorrect actually has citra in the glossary. I did mean to say "citrusy" and it went to that.
  32. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    qupid quattro connect, I ate tit!
  33. decimator

    decimator Zealot (572) Jun 1, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    IPAs and stouts. I used to find these styles too bitter but now I enjoy them quite regularly.
  34. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Dont know if this really counts but Scotch Ales because the 1st one I ever had was infected. I actually found out here when I went to look at the reviews for that beer some months later and saw a bunch of the reviews mentioning infections.
  35. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    The first craft beer I had was GI IPA (this is when I was like 20 mind you, when I though Bud was the best lol) and I hated it so much. But then I turned 21, started trying every different beer including some more IPAs and now its my favorite style.
  36. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Love a good red ale with both big malt and hop profile. The sad thing is finding a bunch of this kind of red ales is hard as stouts and ipas have saturated the market.
  37. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (271) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Sours and Barleywines and Scotch Ales....CHEERS
  38. decimator

    decimator Zealot (572) Jun 1, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    The first time I tasted an IPA other then Alexander Keiths was before I got into craft beer. I don't remember the brand but I was shocked at the bitterness. I've learned a lot since.
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  39. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (850) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    Just big beers in generals - RISs, BWs, DIPAs, etc... I used to be so turned off by anything that had a slight boozy character...just couldn't get past it. Now (and this might be a bad thing), I barely notice booziness at all.
  40. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (406) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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