Does anyone feel like stepping back from IPAs sometimes?

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  1. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I've been noticing lately that I've only been drinking IPA's and ignoring every other style. I kind of need to "detox" from them a bit. Every single time I go to a bar, restaurant, or brewpub with new stuff on tap I just gravitate toward the IPA's.
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  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled (1,845) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    No, I step back from IPA all of the time. Sour beers, fruit beers, brown ale, pilsner, helles, stout...

    I know what you're saying though.
  3. Dan411

    Dan411 (0) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    So I have been drinking craft pretty exclusively for about 5 years now. After my palate adjusted to hops, that seemed to be all I wanted. Now, over the last year, that's changed, and I am learning to appreciate a balance of styles on my weekends. I have noticed, on a rare three night in a row session, that the IPA's just fall flat. Palate fatigue is a real thing for sure!
  4. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I've always rotated between styles, as fits my mood. IPAs can get quite boring, quickly, as they're mostly so similar. Plus, it's just more interesting in general to change things up on the regular.
  5. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I know what you're saying, once you get a taste for well made IPA's it's hard not to want that hoppy goodness in your mouth. I have been there over the years for sure, I guess I have had LTS strongly five or six times.

    Nowadays I try to enjoy as many different styles as I can. So many great ones out there. This strategy seems to make every style I try taste even better. This is doubly true for hoppy beers, the fewer you drink the more you enjoy those you do drink
  6. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I've noticed that if you drink a lot of Imperial IPA's you will start to eat through other beers. I'm having a Voodoo KillaPilz right now and it's 7.5% ABV and it's like nothing in the glass. I could chug the whole entire bottle like it's a Bud Light or something.

    I would hate to see what I could do to beers I used to drink like Coors and Bud these days lol.
  7. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack (810) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Same here. My fridge is mostly full of stouts, porters, old/strong ales, barelywines, Belgian quads, and wild ales. At most, I will drink an IPA once a week, but usually once every two weeks. I like to have them fresh so tend to drink them at the source.
  8. Reemer686

    Reemer686 (0) Oct 13, 2014 Maryland

    I tend to drink a lot of hop forwards beers in the warm months so by the time Fall rolls around, I'm "hopped out". That's when I'll switch over to German style's like Marzen's and Dunkel's.
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  9. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled (1,845) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    One of the thing that I often think about is how time has changed things since I got into beer. When I started it was Bud/Miller/Coors and Canadian beers and other imports. I loved English ales if I could find them, and the occasional odd beer from Belgium or Germany. Then there were a few micros as time went by, and then more, but IPAs still weren't that common. Now there are a thousand choices and it's easy to start out "big". For me I appreciated the nuances first, and then the "bam" - will new drinkers these days be able to go from the "bam" to the subtle? Or will they just go to whiskey and wine?
  10. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    but wet hop season tho....

    then in January/February beers like Hop Juju and Hopslam drop.
  11. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I can see where you coming from but honestly I drink enough variety to keep it fresh. Usually I enjoy my coffee beers, lagers, and others to make the IPA still tasty.

    You can always roll with a Black IPA :stuck_out_tongue:
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  12. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I love IPAs. I brew them at home. That said, I've found myself steering clear of them when I purchase beer at the store or bar. For instance, we were in NYC this past weekend and I think out of a couple dozen beers that I had while there, I might have had 2 IPAs, and those were on the recommendations of the bartenders. It kills me that at a lot of the great places that we went somewhere between a third and a half of the beer menu were IPAs. I understand that you have to have what people want or they'll go someplace else, but it's getting to the point that I find them derivative and boring.
  13. Dan411

    Dan411 (0) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    Seriously, it is hard to take it slow with beers like that anymore.
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  14. bkbeerdude15

    bkbeerdude15 (0) Dec 22, 2015 New York

    I find that about two years ago, I used to gravitate towards IPAs. Over the past few years, they have been all the rage. And breweries know that. Which is why they are pumping them out like wildfire. Easy money in a can, almost sure to sell out for releases.

    It seems this coincides with the emergence of the NEIPA. It was so novel to enjoy a tropical, juicy IPA without the bitterness. I used to live in BK around the onset of the style. I was there for the OH, LIC, Singlecut, Finback, Interboro, etc. openings. Everything was fine and dandy. Life was good.

    Having had so many of these new school IPAs, they started to all blend in with each other. Citra dry hop this, citra dry hop that, citra lupulin powder that, rinse and repeat (insert new tropical hop here). So many breweries started replicating the same formula.

    It's now rare that I seek out an IPA. I tend to prefer to mix it up. For the summer, I'm down with the low abv berliners, goses, saisons, wild ales, hefes, lagers, etc. On cooler days, I'll go for a stout. Every now and again, I'll mix in an IPA. But I typically don't crave them anymore.
  15. DVMin98

    DVMin98 (1,404) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    All the time. Actually Im on a one month beer hiatus, not only to reset my palate, but to reset my body.

    IPAs really seem to take a toll on my palate, and I've found myself the past couple of months not being able to finish a 16 oz can due to hop overload. Hopefully this reset will help me out.
  16. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Went to LIC after spending some quality time at Mikkeller Citi Field, where I drank some lovely Suarez lagers. LIC had 6 beers on tap. 5 were IPAs. :rolling_eyes:

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  17. Celtics76

    Celtics76 (747) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Hard to get away from IPAs, especially the New England style! Most of the breweries I live near brew 80% IPAs. That's what makes them money so it will probably continue. If I want other styles, I have to go to the bottle shop.

    I'm sure most of us here have access to good bottle shops with variety, so I don't see any reason to be "burned out"..but I can see it happening if one frequently visits breweries dominated by IPAs.
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  18. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill (1,785) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Variety is the spice of life.

    Too many Ipas, doubles/imperials, now, too many sours. I love ditching them for a good Pils, Helles, Brown...
  19. Lahey

    Lahey (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I've been craving porters lately, but it's hard to find much selection in that style lately. I end up drinking ipas because all the dark beers I see are imperial this or that and I'm not into pils/belgians/sours. I'd like to see more 6-8% porters, preferably with some tasty additives like toasted coconut or coffee.
  20. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 (429) Nov 10, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I had to last summer for a few weeks. I was hit with the infamous "IPA fatigue" where they all tasted the same and didn't have much flavor going on. It helped immensely when I went back to them. Also going to VT next week, so I've been staying clear of IPA's since last Sunday until next weekend. Sticking with lagers, goses, stouts etc.
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  21. Premo88

    Premo88 (1,139) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    What's an IPA? :stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue:[​IMG]
    I joke but style burnout is a real thing. Palates do funny things sometimes, and one of those things is get bored with the stuff you love most.

    It happened to me once with English pale ales, which really bummed me out for about two weeks, but I recovered. :wink:
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  22. woodchipper

    woodchipper (1,149) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I drink Helles, Pilsners, Stouts, Brown Ales, Saisons all the time but the gravity of IPAs is strong (figurative Newtonian gravity, not specific gravity). Love variety, but IPA is certainly what I drink the most of.
  23. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Yes. I really abhor “Fruited and or Hazy” (D)IPAs. Only because they’re predictable. So I gravitate toward Imperial American Adjunct Lagers, German Lagers and Belgian (Style) Ales. I do this to get an overall appreciation of all styles of beer..even the ones most on this site Grind their teeth at.
  24. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman (348) Mar 16, 2018 Tennessee

    I find it difficult to get into IPAs currently. There are so many, perhaps too many to choose from, that I cannot distinguish one from the other. As such, I don't really buy IPAs, largely because I think there is a lot of "white noise" behind it all with too many names, too many brands, and as such I don't know what to choose or what distinguishes one IPA from another.

    I really wish that less breweries focused on IPAs, particularly since it often comes at the expense of other styles. I find that to particularly be the case in my state.
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  25. LarryV

    LarryV (1,372) Jun 13, 2001 Massachusetts

    I know what you're saying as well. I mostly drink IPA's but I also keep other styles on hand so I can change it up when I feel the urge to do so. I like a good pilsner or lager to change things up since most of them aren't hop forward and it makes for a nice break. It's not something I consciously think about, it's more like I don't feel like an IPA today so I'll have something else.
  26. SteelersX

    SteelersX (0) Jan 30, 2011 New York

    Yes, but my issues is I have been gravitating towards lower alcohol beers.
    You cant find many good stouts, they are all imperial stouts. Porters are eeking towards 7 or 8%
    scotch ales are high in alcohol.
    Lagers - meh.
    not a fan of low alcohol sours so those are out.
    the NEIPAs or pale ales offer some beers at "kinda" lower alcohol levels.
    I love meads but 13-14% - yikes
    Seems like hoppy pales and IPAs are the best choices.

    gotta mix it up once in a while though
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  27. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas (669) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    I like to think I have a highly sophisticated beer-palate. In all the beer forums I follow, this one is my favorite because I feel most of ya'll match my self-proclaimed sophistication.

    An example: I'd rather drink no beer, then shitty beer. On vacation, I stuck to water and icetea at the restaurants because the beer options were damn awful.

    That said - to me, IPAs are the entry point to great craft. Sours and farmhouse ales are the true creme-de-la-creme. Exceptional stouts closely follow.

    Do I get tired of IPAs - for sure. Ive been over the NEIPA thing for a while now. I want a brewery to crank out the next world-renowned West Coast IPA because I miss them. But any IPA is better then no IPA - so I guess in that sense Ill always drink them.
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  28. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta (0) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    Palates are a funny thing.

    I used to have 1-2 ipas a night. Over time , the apparent lingering bitterness got lost in the mix. I guess that's how we got to 100 ibu WC style ipas at the time. Now the extreme is residual sugars. I brought back a couple cases of MT beers from CA a couple months back and they coincided with a local brewery doing hazy brews. So for awhile, it was daily hazy brews. Sweetness definitely took over my senses

    For the past few months, I've only been drinking on the weekends. Last week, my first beer in five days was an IPA that I love (have had cases of it over the years) but that lingering bitterness almost became astringent to the point of coating my tongue and just simply not liking it. It felt like I would have needed three to get my palate back in sync.

    I've had instances where I just hate the initial taste of beer (any beer) after a break. I remember even beers like pilsner urquell were feeling like whole new flavor experiences. I get some spicy hop notes out of it along with the crackery malt base.

    A lot of NE ipas have a ton of residual sugars in them. I liken the experience to not drinking sodas for awhile and then trying one. It'll taste overly sweet. Likewise if you have one or two a day, your mouth gets used to that sugar. Same with salt. First few times trying stuff without salt will leave with wondering wtf, but your body can adjust.
    Tldr. I think it's healthy to switch it up and take extended breaks. I'm currently in my light beer phase now with some pilsners, goses, and AALs. But I have found surprising your palate can be helpful too. I'll throw in a room temp FBS just to see (btw how cool is it to see may bottle dates on FBS).

    I think a palate ramp up is and should be normal. But often times we drink the extremes right away. I think that's when you need to step away and rest your senses.
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  29. smbslt

    smbslt (864) Dec 26, 2010 Illinois
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    Without a doubt everyone goes down the slippery IPA slope. I remember early on a more seasoned beer drinking friend asked if I ever got tired of drinking IPAs. I can only imagine the disdained look on my face as a I responded, 'Yeah if I can't find one hoppier than the last one I had.'

    I won't lie I struggle but I am proud to say that it has been two weeks since my last one. 'One day at a time,' I tell myself knowing I will go back hoping for another jaw-clenching, salivary gland squeezing release.
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  30. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 (0) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I literally took about a decade hiatus. From 2007-2009 I drank a ton of big, piney brews. After that I ignored IPAs until this year. I dont drink a lot of them, but I enjoy mixing one or two into a session nowadays. Still, my early craft beer binge seems to have shown me I much prefer less hop forward styles or more balanced beers.
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  31. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    This time of year, I cut back on IPAs, and drink more helles lagers, kolsch’s, radlers and hefeweizens, mostly on yard work/truck wash/hang out on the deck days
  32. ecpho

    ecpho (0) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I used to drink IPAs like 85% of the time up until about 4 years ago when all breweries started making them all over the place. I'm very happy to be past that point where now I appreciate and love a kolsch, brown ale, pale ale, Helles, etc. Same goes for anything barrel aged, it's just too much. The only problem is when you get to the post-hops state, you realize how much ipas have become ubiquitous and consumers seemingly have less choice.
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  33. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    IPAs are my favorite style, but I'd say I drink more AALs and craft Pils. I've learned to conserve my taste buds, I refuse mediocre IPAs. I've lived thru extreme palate fatigue and have no desire to return. But.. A great IPA is a real treat. I'm maybe 5 weeks out from beach week, so I'm ultra conservative on the hops, and I'll hop out in July.
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  34. dcotom

    dcotom (1,521) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I probably don't drink nearly as much or as often as many others here, so I don't find palate fatigue a problem at all. I enjoy a variety of styles, but I'm always looking for good (and fresh) IPA's.

    Until Maerzen season starts, that is.
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  35. LADEDA

    LADEDA (0) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    And 16oz instead of 12oz is the normal serving size now.
  36. laketang

    laketang (969) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    I always grab some German beers to alternate with ipa's.and sometimes a stout or porter. This time of year the Kolsch beers appear too. So I can avoid burnout.
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  37. JBogan

    JBogan (765) Jul 15, 2007 California

    For the most part I've never found IPAs to be very enjoyable, so I've never reached the point where I needed to step back from them. They probably make up less than 10% of the beers I drink.
  38. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    One thing I find curious about NEIPAS is that there is more or less a sameness to them. Now in and by itself that's not a bad thing because they are incredible pleasant to drink, but they tend to lack individual character for the most part. Not being a Brewer at all could it be that because they are all good beers and all very similar could this be the result of the low IBUs and the heavy leaning to the fruity side of life that this hides inherent flaws? Interinting to see what home brewers think. For the most part IPAs are all over some are good some are bad some are great, but I haven't had a bad NEIPA, some are a little better than others but for then most part they're all close to being equal.
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  39. hoptheology

    hoptheology (1,456) May 12, 2014 California
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  40. Curry

    Curry (0) Apr 10, 2003 Montana

    As far as IPAs are concerned, I stepped back for all time long ago.
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