Beer styles you disliked, but like now.

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  1. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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    IPA's for me too. Actually I used to like them. Then got really sick of them went years without drinking one. Started again recently and love them more than ever. The Victory Hop Devil is what got me back into them.
  2. OneDropSoup

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

    True, a lot of brewers are moving toward either extreme of the spectrum, & the reds are somewhere in between.
  3. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas


    Used to hate 'em... now I adore them!
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,440) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Sours. About gagged on the first sip of a C&C La Folie. Now I wish my cellar was filled with them.
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  5. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Definitely IPAs, I still tread lightly having really learned to try before I buy. What it really came down to was which hops I enjoyed and which I didn't for my palate and learning that not every hop is the same and the variety & usage is as varied as grapes in wine. I prefer the citrusy(grapefruit-like), floral type profile to the piney/cat piss like hop bombs. Regular buys for me would be Bells Two Hearted, Commodore Perry, Celebration Ale but also I've found that I can enjoy the bigger taste of say Nugget Nectar & Lake Erie Monster.
  6. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    I used to steer clear of farmhouse, table beers and biere de gardes but now me likey. I still avoid rauchbier.
  7. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    I am of the original IPA hater group. I was not a fan of the style but figured I would revisit them at some point. I now seem to enjoy them more and more as my palate evolves. I ordered a Brooklyn Blast last night at the bar and enjoyed it! Still working on those Barleywines though...
  8. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    IPAs. First one was Bear Republic Racer 5. The aftertaste was so bitter that it was undrinkable. Second big IPA I had was SN Torpedo and that was harsh as hell.

    I now like IPAs but also am a bit tired of them.
  9. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Definitely anything bourbon barrel aged. I had a less than stellar experience in my high school days with some Jack Daniels and didn't touch the stuff until my last year in college. Once I was able to have some without inducing my gag reflex I was finally able to partake in barrel aged stouts.
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  10. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I used to HATE IPA's and then Sierra Nevada Celebration showed me the way.
  11. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Quads and anything barrel aged.
  12. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    When I first got into craft I used to avoid all lagers. But then I had to be intellectually honest about good taste and consider that a craft lager is going to taste better than a cheap macro one. That was spot on, and I enjoy them now when in the mood.
  13. scud

    scud Aspirant (203) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    When I first got into craft brews, I couldn't stand how bitter ipas seemed to me. Ranger and SN pale ale were brutal to me but the more I tried them and other ipas my taste adjusted and now it's one of my favorite styles
  14. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,059) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Stouts, at first, always had this metallic taste to me but now I think they're great. Also, smoked beers and sours took a while for me to appreciate. I'm still not the biggest fan of the really sour ones or the really smokey ones.
  15. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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  16. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (251) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yep, pretty much my story as well!

    IPAs for me and to a lesser extent, Pale Ales. Most tasted pretty much the same to me and there is something about the taste of pale malts that was ever so slightly off putting to me. But over time and with exploration and an open mind I started to enjoy them more, though, and found myself even craving them...this past summer I went through a phase where a majority of what I was drinking was IPAs and hoppier Pale Ales. But as Blueribbon666 stated, the type of hops used makes a BIG difference for me too.

    But I am also finding myself starting to burn out on the hoppier beers, and I am swinging back towards the more balanced styles and revisiting old favorites I used to enjoy regularly.
  17. puboflyons

    puboflyons Poo-Bah (4,396) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    It took awhile for me to warm up to Barleywines. Now I love them.
  18. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (629) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Marzens at first they seemed like a slight upgrade over adjunct lager. Then I drank a few slowly and at warmer temps and started to get it. Then I had Ayinger!
    Now I could manage on only Marzens from Labor Day until Thanksgiving.
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  19. dumpman

    dumpman Disciple (312) Feb 6, 2010 Rhode Island

    New and intense flavors and styles need taste buds and brain to adjust. Beer is a journey keep on truckin..
  20. UnderJoath

    UnderJoath Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2010 Illinois
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  21. Belial

    Belial Initiate (140) Aug 9, 2005 Illinois

    I went 8 years without liking brown ales but about 5 months ago something clicked and i love them. and now here i am at 10:45 on a sunday morning drinking one in bed
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  22. BS-

    BS- Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Singapore

    Doppelbock, I guess. More specifically, the Paulaner Salvator.
    I hated it with a passion in the past. After about a year of actively trying new beers and educating myself, I tried it again the other night (sipped some from a friend) and was quite wowed. It's a pretty damn beautiful beer. Definitely something I'm going to have more often now.
    I also had a Weihenstephaner Korbinian a few weeks back and really enjoyed that too.
  23. smitherz22

    smitherz22 Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    The first time I had a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - about 20 years ago (jeez Im gettin old!) - I thought it tasted like bug spray. I hated it! That's changed! And more recently the first bourbon barrel I tried was Parabola - thought it was WAAY too boozy. Now I love bourbon barrel beers...
  24. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (338) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Scotch Ale's / Wee Heavies... now i always look forward to the Fall release of the smuttynose big beer series scotch! Cheers!
  25. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (674) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I tried old nick years ago and it was a drain pour. Cool label but I could not get it down. That put me off Barleywine for over 25 years. I bought a Troegs Flying Mouflan the other week because the label said "like a Nugget Nectar thrown over a cliff" I took this to mean it was a super hoppy beer. Never had it and had not seen it before. Opened it up and WOW, it was really good. A sipper but still great. I now enjoy American barley wine and will be buying some more. I know Bigfoot comes in 12oz and I want to find more 12oz good barleywines. 22+ is too much for one sitting right now.

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  26. vurt

    vurt Savant (944) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    First I disliked hoppy beers. Then I learned to love them.

    Then I disliked smoked beers. Now I love those.

    Then I didn't see the point of sours. Now I don't seek them out all the time, but I've learned to enjoy them, and I'll sample pretty much any sour that crosses my path.

    With each of those beers, the dominant flavor (bitter/smoke/sour) prevented me from appreciating any other characteristics of the beer. The trick was to find an example of the beer that presented those characteristics in the best setting. Example: My "turning point" beer for hops was Magnolia's Prescription Pale Ale on hand-pull: beautiful hop aroma and flavor (oranges!) without all the palate-smashing bitterness.
  27. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I wouldn't say addicted, but they definitely went from a style I passed by constantly, to one I search out regularly.
  28. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Your avatar has me cracking up. Such a hilarious scene!
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  29. Bsak1985

    Bsak1985 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Louisiana

    I received a 6-pack of random beers as a gift, when I was first trying craft beer. I sat down with a bowl of spaghetti-O's and cracked opened the first one, and it was a Stone Ruination IPA. I thought the enamel on my teeth was being eaten away. I barely finished it. Now I would say it's my favorite beer. Funny how taste buds mature.
  30. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland



    Seems a lot of people didn't initially like IPA's and now are all about them. Beer is funny. I used to lvoe them, but I think I burnt myself out on them.
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  31. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Used to hate stouts. I thought Guiness had too much coffee flavor. Now I shun people who dont apprieate Founders Breakfast Stout.
  32. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Disciple (363) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I couldn't stand Belgian/phenolic beers. (Saisons, tripels, etc). Heavy seas Saison helped me turn the corner and I'm now a big fan of weyerbacher merry monk, and victory golden monkey, but I still am a hop head at heart.
  33. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (2,954) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    For a while I would not try stouts because I didn't like Guiness when I tried it in college, then I had ST Choklat and I realized that I really like stouts,
  34. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    barely used to drink wheat beers. heffe, dunkel, american.... now i find them as refreshing and full flavored as ever.

    if i may take the liberty of going in the opposite direction, i used to love dubbels and quads, and now would prefer not to imbibe. oh... and american light lagers... don't drink those much anymore either :slight_smile:
  35. Stinkypuss

    Stinkypuss Poo-Bah (4,018) Apr 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Sours. At first it was like eww vinegar. Now I drink apple cider vinegar straight up when I can't get Jolly Pumpkin.
  36. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Me too, on the IPA's. I used to decry the un-virtues of IPA's to anyone who expressed a love for them, and then something switched in me (Two-Hearted the causal agent) and now I can't get enough of them. Good thing I have a rule of trying everything that I think I dislike from time to time to see if my palate has changed, because it changes a lot. Curiously, the magnitude of my enjoyment of IPA's now exceeds somehow the amount I previously liked other styles; glad I didn't miss out on these due to stubborn denial. One can never be sure what one is missing unless you try. I'll try other styles I think I don't like even now, because one never knows...
  37. NardiByNature

    NardiByNature Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    Doppelbocks: a couple years ago I mostly avoided the style, finding the molasses/brown bread flavors overwhelming. Taking down some Troegenators today and watching the playoffs; I couldn't be happier with this beer choice.
  38. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    IPAs, though I didn't dislike them for long.

    I'm not sure I'll ever get too into stouts or barleywines much, but they're okay time to time.
  39. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 New York
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    i envy and hate you at the same time for not taking advantge of JP but you have the rest of your life to enojy!!

    As to the question i would have to RIS and sours like stroh...Your palate complexs and grab so many flavors that i didnt detect when i first started drinkin on the same scale of pilsners also, nothing beats that crisp clean flavor on a summer day...almost my water some hot days the way i need to hydrate =]
  40. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Porters. On the flip side, for the foreseeable future, I don't believe I could appreciate a sour. No way. And not any day.
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