For me, IPA's go well with NOTHING!

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by tronester, Nov 25, 2012.

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  1. tronester

    tronester Meyvn (1,082) Nov 25, 2006 Oklahoma

    I know lots of people like to pair beer with food. I really don't care for it, however. Its especially pronounced with IPA's or other hoppy beers. Even if the dish I am eating is not sweet, it ends up making the IPA taste sour, overly bitter and metallica to me.

    Other styles arent nearly as bad, but I typically enjoy drinking a beer before the meal arrives.

    Is anyone else this way? :eek:
  2. Kenye

    Kenye Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2012 Oklahoma

    What exactly does Metallica taste like?
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  3. fiver29

    fiver29 Devotee (422) Sep 18, 2007 Ohio
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    Spicy foods such as Indian pair well with IPA or try carrot cake. My favorite pairing with IPA is carrot cake.
  4. tronester

    tronester Meyvn (1,082) Nov 25, 2006 Oklahoma

    Pure brutal metal! :p
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  5. tronester

    tronester Meyvn (1,082) Nov 25, 2006 Oklahoma

    Thats the thing, I've tried them with dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala (Ok I guess not real Indian and sort of sweet) but others too like curry, and the same problem occurs for me.
  6. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (480) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Try Led Zeppelin instead and I think you'll turn a "page" on IPAs.
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  7. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

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  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,343) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I actually kinda feel the same way. I'm a huge IPA fan, but I don't really like pairing food with them. But a hamburger with crumbled blue-cheese, bacon, and cajun spices with an IPA actually hits the spot. I had it once at Great Lakes brewpub with a Commodore Perry and it really paired well.
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  9. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Cheez-its pair with anything. Just sayin'
  10. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I like to pair my IPA with Football or sunshine in my deck
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  11. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    A good IPA can pair well with spicy food.
  12. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    Personally don't enjoy pairing food and beer. You will never fully experience a beer if you are eating while drinking it. Period.
  13. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,283) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Hoppy beers + buffalo wings == unbeatable.

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  14. LiquidDegenerate

    LiquidDegenerate Aspirant (225) Nov 22, 2011 Florida
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    IPA + Chocolate Chip Cookie = Awesome
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  15. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aspirant (204) Feb 21, 2012 Oregon
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    When i pair IPAs with a lot of food, it makes them taste incredibly boozy for some reason..anyone else get this?
  16. darknova306

    darknova306 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2005 New York

    I love a nice bitter IPA with a cajun chicken sandwich. But I generally agree with the OP's sentiment, I prefer enjoying a beer's full flavor without food getting in the way.
  17. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (566) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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  18. rrock44

    rrock44 Disciple (335) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    My mother in laws cooking tastes great with ipas.
  19. TheFightingMongooses

    TheFightingMongooses Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 New Jersey

    Haven't really tried pairing an IPA with food, but drink a rauchbier with some good barbecue. So obvious, and yet so satisfying.
  20. BeerBum

    BeerBum Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 California

    This. I couldn't agree more! Spicy wings and a cold IPA/DIPA is one of my favorite combos ever
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  21. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

  22. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Aspirant (207) Nov 19, 2012 Texas

    I love having an IPA with smoked meats
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  23. RIPT

    RIPT Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 North Carolina

    Spicy foods. I find the hops/bitterness cuts the spice nicely. Then repeat...
  24. Chris_Cali_2o9

    Chris_Cali_2o9 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2012

  25. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

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  26. Leaf_hound

    Leaf_hound Initiate (150) Aug 29, 2012 California
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    Like metal up your ass.
  27. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Meatless lasagna is pretty good w/ IPA. Roasted possum, too. (Hey, don't knock it 'till ya tried it)!
  28. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (480) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    I like to pair my IPAs with another IPA:) I have also found that cheesecake tops the list of food pairings.
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  29. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,390) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    Favorite pairing, ipa with general tso's or sesame chicken......
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  30. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,471) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    IPAs with sweet. It's an amazing pairing. The best? Pliny the Younger with Krispy Kreme donuts - one of the great pairings of my life. (For real).
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  31. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Replace 'nothing' with 'everything' and I wholeheartedly agree!
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  32. ptykozoon

    ptykozoon Devotee (442) Jul 18, 2010 California
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    I'm with OP on this, I had an IPA with a pizza once, never again.
  33. dciBA

    dciBA Aspirant (258) Dec 23, 2007 Maine
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    For me it's all about pizza and IPA
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  34. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    I think spicy foods affect IPAs in two ways. One is masking the flavor of the hops way too much. Not too long ago I had Two Hearted on tap with some spicy chicken wings. It was a waste of money and a waste of a good beer as I could barely taste any hop flavor with all the spice on my tongue. The other way is amplifying the bitterness and the spiciness, making a mess. Spicy cheese will do this. Either way, spicy foods are a no-go with IPAs IMO.
  35. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Just keep the beer out of the sun.
  36. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Can't believe I'm the first to say this, but... Wrong forum.

    Anyway, I like IPAs with a lot of different foods. Spicy to further intensify things. Sweet to clean the palate of the bitterness then set it up for another dose of hops. Creamy cheese like a Brie or a bleu to give the prickly hops and carbonation something to cut through.

    Long story short, I completely disagree with you.
  37. Brewcycler

    Brewcycler Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2012 California

    Agreed. Beer should be drank before eating of food.

    I always get my friends wondering why I dont start eating until I'm done with the beer. The problem is, your taste buds sorta adjust to "eating mode" and, I have not proven this scientifically, but I feel the bitterness of beer on the palette after eating is highest right after eating. Give the taste buds time to adjust and then it will be fine again.

    And yes, with other beers, specially Belgians, this isnt a problem.
  38. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    An excellent ipa tastes good with anything- even my shoe....
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  39. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Defender (610) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    What if the beer is the meal? Is that a problem?

    Honestly, I drink beers before, during, and after a meal (including ipa's). I never really got the whole pairing crap. Good food goes well with good beer. Maybe you just don't like ipa's, or hoppy beers, with food?
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  40. godlessape

    godlessape Disciple (382) Dec 12, 2010 Georgia

    Anything spicy: Thia, Chinese, gumbo, Mexican, or a heaping plate of my Buffalo wings. I love the extremes in heat, sweet, and bitterness all at once.
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