During a beer drinking session, in what order do you drink your beers?

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  1. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Meaning which styles do you prefer to start with and finish with. That is of course if you are not sticking with the same type of beer.

    Personally I usually start with a wheatbeer, pilsner or a weissbier. Then i have a good sour beer such as a ouide bruin or a lambic. Then i move to a stout. I usually finish with an ipa as i find the intensity and bitterness of the hops will impact my palate and thus the taste of any beers to come.
  2. mctizzz

    mctizzz Devotee (488) Dec 23, 2010 California
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  3. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I usually start with the first beer, and end with the last beer.
  4. JimDH

    JimDH Initiate (60) Feb 7, 2011 Kentucky

    I'm not quite sure which order to drink those last two: stouts seem like a good way to end the evening and overcome whatever the IPA leaves, but usually I stay with one or the other.
  5. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (483) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Whatever I feel like.
  6. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (85) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

  7. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Disciple (378) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    Just don't drink a one dollar beer after a five dollar beer........
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  8. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Farmhouse, Sour, Strong Ale/Barleywine/Imperial Stout
  9. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, "lighter" (whatever that means) to heavier. I'll start with Pale or Wheat or IPA and move to Tripel or Farmhouse and then up to Barleywine and lastly Imperial Stout. Mostly a body density thing than an ABV thing to be honest.
  10. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    Usually just stick to one beer for the night, unless its a two bottle night where I will drink 2 expensive beers.

    If lambics/wilds are involved, I usually drink them first, just because they give me bad heartburn in the morning. Otherwise, Will go Dark to light as far as style.

    Stout, Brown, Mild, Amber, Pale, if given an order. I think I may try the PBR approach to save some money :slight_smile:
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  11. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    Usually go least hopped to most hopped, since they tend to dominate my palate. And if I'm feeling rowdy, sometimes I'll finish with a scotch.
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  12. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Non BA, then BA... Then I take pics, then i post em here... Then something about flexing into a mirror, plus a chainsaw... you get the idea.
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  13. StoutSeth

    StoutSeth Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2010 Virginia

    If I'm splitting beers I normally session from light to dark with a palate cleansing lager in between the more flavorful beers.
  14. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I start with a few beers that really want to enjoy the flavor and have a fresh palate.. By the end I drink something tasty and cheap like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  15. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    A couple of good bombers and switch to SNPA or Dales
  16. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (339) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I alternate light and heavy. Usually a wheat beer is first, followed by a stout. barleywine, or belgian, then I repeat that cycle until I'm done.
  17. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    I tend to move upward in alcohol, but that's usually not too smart.
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  18. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (824) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Coldest to warmest
  19. marquis

    marquis Crusader (758) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Generally weak before strong, pale before dark.That way minimises a beer from being overshadowed by the one previous. It doesn't always work; I was pressed into trying Heineken (5% ABV) after a couple of sub 4% session ales and couldn't detect any hint of taste or flavour or aroma.It could have been cold gassy bathwater for all I know.It was just so far down the flavour scale that it was totally suppressed.
  20. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    My bomber then host's (community) beer. When soloing I usually only drink 1 type of beer for the night.
  21. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Initiate (70) May 3, 2012 Virginia

    Usually pretty random depending on what I feel like, I generally like to drink the better beers before I get a good buzz going though. One thing that is pretty consistent is that I dont like to drink more than one of any particular beer each night, I like to switch it up from beer to beer.
  22. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    usually start with balanced/malt forward and sessionable, then move over to the bitter/hoppy and higher ABV beers. i'd be a little pissed if Heady Topper wrecked my palette (and cognition) before getting to enjoy the malt complexities of Left Hand's Vietnamese Coffee Stout
  23. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Since I am heavily into IPAs, I usually start with what I have the most of, what I have had the longest or what is closest to a best by date. Exceptions are when I get a beer that I haven't had before, I will start with that beer or if I get something especially fresh, I will have those first.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I don't have an order. Just whatever sounds good.
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  25. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,034) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    But, the real question is, what do you drink after 98 waters?
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  26. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,034) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Or vice versa!:stuck_out_tongue:
  27. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    Ill USUALLY stick to one style a night (pale ale, IPA, DIPA,) (Porter,stout, imperial Porter/ stout). Belgian (dubbel, Tripel, quad) and go from low to high ABV. Except with the Belgians. Ill usually drink the TRIPs first

    Basically, light to dark, low ABV to high
  28. drevim

    drevim Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 Indiana

    I walk down to my "cellar", pick the first 2 beers (unless there is something in the fridge). When I'm ready to open beer #2, I walk down and pick #3. This is repeated until a) I'm done, or b) I can no longer navigate a flight of stairs, and I'm done.
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  29. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    IPA first off, then usually an IPA, and finish with an IPA
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  30. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    Light to dark if I plan on multiple styles. Otherwise I try to plan similar styles in my session. Sometimes plan by ABV I ramp up the abv's and save the heavy hitters 8+ for the end.
  31. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    It depends on the situation for me. If I'm just planning on drinking a couple higher ABV beers like a RIS or BA stout I drink lower ABV to higher. But if its hot outside and I am doing work or get done with football practice, I will tend to go straight for something that will punch you in the with with flavor. Last year I would always do this with hopslam. Even though it was 10%, it was easy drinking and very refreshing. Then I would've onto something a little lighter. It's against traditional thinking but just what I have done.
  32. PdxBeerGeek

    PdxBeerGeek Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Oregon

    6.0% ABV IPA, 6.7% ABV IPA,...etc (always IPA)
  33. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Really all depends on who you are drinking with, how serious you are drinking, how "whale" the beers are. Blah blah blah.

  34. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,933) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    "1. Thirsty-est. 2. Thirstier. 3. Thirsty." :wink:

    I'd been planning to meet a friend for a beer for months and months, and so we finally met up the other day, but I'd just recently recovered from a 24-hour flu, so my palate was just barely there. I started with a Pils* to calibrate and this seemed to do the trick -- I could even taste the Citra hops!-- but it's also the order in which I would normally drink: Lighter profile-to-heavier.

    *I switched to a Strong Ale afterward, with water in-between. Can't go in for too much too soon.
  35. WebGuyMike

    WebGuyMike Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Florida

    Personally, I like to start with a nice APA or IPA, get increasingly hoppier as the night wears on then finish off with a porter or stout of some sort. I think of it like appetizer, main course(s) then coffee after dinner.
  36. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (625) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    I just listen to my heart usually.
  37. Namaste108

    Namaste108 Aspirant (206) Sep 14, 2010 Michigan

    I drink in whatever order I want cause I live in AMURICA!
  38. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,582) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I usually go from light to dark, most nights ending in a stout or porter.
  39. DaftCaskBC

    DaftCaskBC Meyvn (1,125) May 7, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

  40. SerialTicker

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

    I like to get flavorful beers first, and then once I'm buzzed and don't really care what I'm tasting, I'll have some adjuncts. Preferably the tiny bit LESS shitty ones. A PBR or Molson or something like that.
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