Conquering the "beer styles"

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  1. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,965) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    How many of the beer styles (listed on BA) have you had?

    Are you interested in trying every style?
    #1 PittBeerGirl, Jan 6, 2014
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  2. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (783) Sep 15, 2010 Alaska
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    Holy moly! This is too much work for a Sunday Funday!!
  3. mfnmbvp

    mfnmbvp Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Illinois

    Not sure how many are listed, but I have had 81, and it definitely doesn't seem like that many different styles! Still, I know there are far more that I haven't tried! The beer journey has only just begun!
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  4. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Everyone should be interested in trying every style other than pumpkin.
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  5. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,965) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    I noticed today that my style count on BA is "97" and here is what I am missing:

    Happoshu - looks like a pretty rare style with the best one with more than 1 review weighing in at 3.79. I'll probably only go after this style if I have literally tried every other style.

    Japanese Rice Lager- Pretty sure I have easy access to Sapporo- but-eh.

    Euro Strong Lager
    Low Alcohol Beer

    Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale- I've been kind of interested in picking up the Williams Brothers Variety pack but still haven't done it

    Roggenbier- I've had a "Roggenweizen" and a "Roggenrauchbier" but nothing this site considers a true roggenbier. I love the rauchbiers that I've had and am really interested in finding one

    Braggot- I have Brother Adams Honey Braggot in the cellar

    English Pale Mild Ale- I'm pretty sure I had one of these at a brewpub one time or wasn't exciting enough to remember.

    I'm not really after trying EVERY style (i.e. I could care less about Euro Strong Lager and Low Alcohol Beer)- but now that I realized I'm so close I might go for it.
    #5 PittBeerGirl, Jan 6, 2014
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  6. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    I stopped keeping lists for no reason long ago.
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  7. Duesler

    Duesler Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2012 Connecticut

    I wish the bros would show the average score for each style so we could see how each style is perceived, because some are obvious (DIPA > Kolsch), but some are not.
    Maybe what i'm suggesting is a "style score" like ratebeer has.
    I think trying every style can be fun, but not neccessary
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  8. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (4,192) Feb 11, 2009 Canada (AB)
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    Sahti I've yet to tic but I'm sure I will without too much effort.
    Happoshu is a tricky one, perhaps a good excuse to go to Japan.
  9. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,059) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I did not bother counting how many styles I have had, but I can say that I would like to try every style that's out there.
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  10. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 South Carolina

    it has the styles stat on your profile

    152 | Reviews: 26
    Brewers: 47 | Beer Styles: 50
    US States: 14 | Countries: 11
    Wants: 49 | Gots: 19
    Added: 1 | Pics Uploaded: 0
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  11. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 South Carolina

    And there are 104 total.
  12. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    even if you don't like pumpkin beers you should still try it just for the sake of saying you've tried it.... but this is coming from a guy who loves pumpkin beer
  13. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Are there styles other than IPA, DIPA and Imperial stouts?
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  14. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,868) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    94, trying to hit 100. Not gonna be easy.

  15. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,595) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    For many people on this site, there is not.
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  16. marquis

    marquis Champion (802) Nov 20, 2005 England

    If I could find a list of styles worth the paper it's written on then I could begin to count.
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  17. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    My favorite style of beer to grapple with like a gladiator does a lion is good beer.
  18. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Well, yes, you should. My comment wasn't meant to be serious.
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  19. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    I've tried them all. I've even made up a few new styles along the way. :astonished:

    P.S. "Conquering" the beer styles? My advice: Sheath your sword. Drink more beer. :wink:
    #19 Stugotzo, Jan 6, 2014
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  20. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Poo-Bah (8,735) Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Just a bit ago I managed to snag bottles of the last 2 styles I needed and drank them. So i'm at 104... maybe something new should come along so I have something else to seek out!
  21. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Florida

    94 styles for me but with an Unblended Lambic in the fridge for #95.

    Getting close to all of them...
  22. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,326) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    93 for me. Anyone know where in NYC I can tick Happoshu and Kvass?
  23. Zarnold_Quigley

    Zarnold_Quigley Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2014 Minnesota

    What?! Southern Tier Pumking!
  24. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (9,431) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    All 104... Toughest to find was Happoshu - but I did end up finding it at both a Japanese market and a sushi restaurant in the greater NYC area (Brooklyn for the restaurant and Edgewater, NJ for the Japanese market).
  25. charlzm

    charlzm Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2007 California

    I've had 91 out of... 104? Hmmm... I'm missing almost as many US states as I am styles, seems like. Wonder if I could have one of each missing style form one of each missing state... the mind reels.

    1,069 | Reviews: 1,067
    Brewers: 269 | Beer Styles: 91
    US States: 31 | Countries: 22
    Wants: 0 | Gots: 0
    Added: 158 | Pics Uploaded: 2
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  26. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,032) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I've tried 65 out of 104, though it may be worth noting that 3 of the 104 listed "styles" are, "in the process of being sorted and moved into proper categories," indicating that these categories are temporary dumping grounds and perhaps should not be counted as true styles (fruit/vegetable beer, herbed/spiced beer, and smoked beer).

    Trying a beer of each style is not important to me, 'specially because even the recognized styles tend to be pretty nebulous. But if I got within, like, 10, my latent OCD would probably kick in and then I'd buy beers I could care less about just to say I tried all the styles. Looking at the listing now though, I can't spot a style I haven't tried that I'm really motivated to seek out just for the sake of doing so.
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  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    All of them!
  28. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (552) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I've had examples of all four British styles.
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  29. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    'Type' is the more tradition word. And its more accurate in its more open interpretation.
  30. marquis

    marquis Champion (802) Nov 20, 2005 England

    Let's see; Southern Brown Ale, Northern Brown Ale ,Irish Red and Scottish Ale .
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  31. His_Royal_Hoppiness

    His_Royal_Hoppiness Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 England

    No idea about NYC, but in the UK most Russian restaurants have kvass and Russian delis sometimes stock it. Still searching for Happoshu...
  32. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,977) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I have had all 14 styles. I haven't had some of the ridiculous number of subcategories that BJCP insists on including in their ridiculous list, but I believe I have tried every style there is. Case in point is Happoshu, which is a bottom fermented beer with adjuncts. Why we need to say more than bottom fermented, or bottom fermented with adjuncts, for those beers is beyond me.

    And, yes, I know I am in the extreme minority on this.
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  33. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia

    Minority here.....but yuck! Personally my first pumking was a drain pour...needless to say it was my last.
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  34. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (4,228) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Agree, but forced it down - still not as bad as Desparados tequila beer.
  35. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,852) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    The substyles are kind of necessary for competitions- for everything else, not so much.
  36. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Looks like I'm at 82. Is there an easy way to tell which styles I havent had?
  37. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (552) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Irish Red isn't really a British style. I meant Southern Brown Ale, Northern Brown Ale, Robust Porter and Scottish Ale.
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  38. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,086) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    There's some hot new action in Lapland with a few Imperial dry-firred Sahtis popping up. No Clydesdales, just Reindeer.
  39. Haydn-Juby

    Haydn-Juby Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Vermont

    Don't be silly, there's also barrel aged IIPA's and RIS's we have tons of variety. :stuck_out_tongue:
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  40. leprechaunandfatman

    leprechaunandfatman Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 Ohio

    I found the list of styles and I see on my profile that I've had 88 of them but is there somewhere where I can see which ones I have and haven't had without manually going through and checking?
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