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Hitting a "beer wall"

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by musicman7070, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. musicman7070

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    Just wondering if anyone else is going through this or has previously, where you just don't feel like drinking beer anymore or a lot of the same styles you do have all taste the same. I'm at the point right now where I have a lot of beer in my fridge. I have recently started to drink it down. I began noticing that as I was working through my stockpile, a lot of my beer started to taste the same (I have/had a lot of stouts and porters). All of my stouts (that I've had so far) at least have the same taste to them. This lead me to think, why should I continue to try different stouts if they are all going to end up tasting the same or very similar, like chocolate, coffee, and faint hints of vanilla? I guess I'm just getting bored of them. Even with other styles, like milk stouts they are starting to taste like regular stouts. I even tried a Belgian dark ale (for the first time) and that tasted somewhat similar to other styles that I've had. I guess I'm just getting bored of beer right now. Has this happened to anyone before?
     
  2. alfrantzell

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    I usually rinse out my glass between beers.
     
  3. Rekrule

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    I burnt out my palate on IPAs and the like before. Switch styles completely and your love and ability to differentiate flavors will return. Try some scotch ales, winter warmers, pale ales and such...
     
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  4. seeswo

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    Stop drinking beer for a month.
     
  5. Reagan1984

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    I do get tired of styles and tend to move around. I also take bourbon or wine breaks. I find those taste so wonderful and lively... Then after a period I'll have an IPA and be blown away all over again. My buddies tease me but I also follow the beer calendar to some extent. (enjoying the seasonal that's up on the calendar...)

    This seems to keep things fresh for me. What you are experencing is not strange or limited to you.... Good luck
     
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  6. Gregfalone

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    Mix it up, try new styles. Or when you drink pour flights, like at a tasting and sip them back to back. They will definately taste different that way. Also, if you smoke, don't do it before you drink. Brush your teeth and eat some saltine cracker, then drink, then smoke
     
  7. Gregfalone

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    If all else fails, drink wine for a while
     
  8. deathevocation

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    Stop drinking beer. I might stop drinking altogether for a while or drink whisk(e)y. I might dumb it down with macro lager.
     
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    Sounds like you drink too many stouts and porters, try a Triple, barleywine, lambic or sour ale. Anything out of your norm. Switch it around a bit and you will regain your taste buds.
     
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    I switch off between beer and single malt whisky. It really livens up the taste buds!
     
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    Suffering from burnout.

    I echo these thoughts. Go enjoy some whiskey for a week then come back.
     
  12. luwak

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    I do this twice a year. It is good for your health, easier on the wallet, and suddenly makes beer seems like a luxury or a reward again instead of just being something you can have whenever. That's mostly psychologiocal i guess, but i always feel like i get new appreciations back after a month off. And besides so much of the sensation perception thing is mitigated by the "set and setting" as it were. (which is why for example a beer may taste very differnet on a given day depeding upon factors totally external to the beer itself: what you ate, how hydrated you are, how you're feleing locally temporally, and and how you are feeling about your life in general, what else you drank, what the room or area you are in looks, like its temperature, the local air pressure, what els emight be grabbing yoru attention (infotainment sources, other humans or animals which may be around etc etc...) So going back to old stuff can be interesting too because the set and setting are almost sure to be different.

    Plus buy beers and hold them for a while. Especially styles or breweries that you are not super familiar with. This increases a focus for me on the experience when im drinking them, makes me pay more attention.
     
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  13. MLeicht

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    Have a Cider they always throw a nice curve ball into the mix
     
  14. Retsinis

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    uh, where have you been drinking!? o_O haha, just kidding, but a second I got a scene in my mind of sipping a barley wine on a whale watching boat, or drinking a sour at the zoo looking at the monkey's, haha.

    Anyhow, I agree, many things can affect your palate. Variety, a break, and enjoying some whiskey, bourbon, or wine from time to time are all good ideas. I've been there too OP, just follow some of the advice in this thread, cheers.
     
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    I go on semi-hiatus from beer all the time. For about 6 months all I have been drinking is bourbon, mainly because I got a job at Jim Beam and I get a shit load of free whiskey. To me it gives your palate a nice change of pace.
     
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    How long have you been drinking beer?
     
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    The beer you are drinking must not be rare enough...
     
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    I'm kind of at the same point and bought my first bottle of Single Malt Scotch yesterday, The Grangestone 18 yr. I'm really digging whiskey right now & learning about the art and science behind it through reading. I'm sure a week or two of Scotch & Bourbon will bring the liveliness back into a double IPA for me.
     
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    i did this not too long ago. day 31 was heavenly.
     
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  20. musicman7070

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    Regularly? Since the end of August/early September. It hasn't been too long.
     
  21. Lare453

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    I got to that point with beers available in Florida, so I started trading and whole new world arose.

    I thought I knew everything about beer until I got on here and realized that I know very little about what available and how many well known breweries I had never heard of.
     
  22. musicman7070

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    I knew it! Must get Bourbon County Coffee! hahah
     
  23. Ri0

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    I've been drinking regularly since July, but I drink a different style every day. If fact I sometimes will go overboard on a certain style(stout), so I go out and buy something completely opposite(IPA or Strong Belgian Pale Ale) to make sure I have a variety.
     
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    Bingo!

    We all have our preferences, and anybody can get into a rut, but there really are so many styles and approaches to beer that something is out there to break you out of it. A Berliner Weiss every now and then will usually keep me from veering off of the road, but sometimes even that can't help and nothing at the store seems exciting any more. At those times I'll go completely in a different direction and find something that gets me into beer again.
     
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    Start aggressively building up a cellar of epic proportions. Don't drink any of the beer, just collect it. It's fun and better for your health. Also, it's better for the environment because you are locking up all that CO2 and keeping it out of the atmosphere.
     
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    Nope. I bought it all.
     
  27. ggwheeler

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    One time I hit a beer wall with my beer car after drinking lots of beer beer.
     
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    I have gone through this as well. Living in KY, it is hard to find some of the beers that are talked about on here, but there are some good ones. I am a huge IPA fan and that is normally what I drink and there are usually enough varieties that I can find (thank you Schlafly for the Tasmanian), something I want. But that isnt enough some times. I have started to switch between beer and wine (red zins). I also have started drinking stouts, which I didnt care for at first until my wife brought home a growler of Against the Grains (Louisville) Bo and Luke which is a great Russian Imperial Stout.
     
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    going to agree with most others, you definitely need to mix it up. i get easily bored if i have too much of a specific style, and not necessarily meaning over a period of weeks or months, but even in the same day. i'm always jumping around styles - stouts and ipas to scotch ales and dipas, barleywines, american strongs, etc... many days i won't have any beer at all, giving the palate a rest that way too.
     
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    I am going to force my self to hit a wall in Feb. (shortest month) so I can get in better shape for all the summer time beer drinking!
     
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    Sounds like you are beer spoiled and lost the appreciation for fine brew. For the next month drink only Corona, Goebbels, CArling Black Label, Blatz and any other low budget swill you can get your hands on. Then go back to "good" beer with a new appreciation. Repeat as necessary. You may thank me later.
     
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    Is it snowing in hell?
     
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    I just hit a stout wall myself. I'm enjoying a nice glass of cab now. This weekend I'll get into some of my single malt scotch. Then back to beer!
     
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    Don't listen to Seeswo, just give me all of your beer! I promise I'll enjoy every one of them.
     
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    I took a couple year hiatus from the craft scene, not that I was not drinking at all but I cut way back and stopped researching good beers going to beer fest's ect. I must say I have a whole new appreciation for good beers. While I would not recommend going that long a brake is probably in order.
     
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    I hit that wall once, then i dumped the G/F and realized it was the beer i missed the most
     
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    I do a palate reset every once in a while if I've been drinking too much of the same style for too long. I usually drink Genny Cream Ale, PBR, or some other lame ass beer for a couple of days, and then hop right back on that pony with a IIPA or Belgian Strong Ale. Seems to work for me.
     
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    This is going to sound the same as other posts, but just find styles that are different from what you are drinking. A little over a year ago I was burnt out on IPAs/IIPAs, was not really enjoying them, and thought I no longer enjoyed IPAs. When this happened I started seeking out more beers that where not like IPAs and ended up taking a week break from beer in general, and that week break I found myself craving IPAs. Sometimes your palate just needs a break, so give it a break.
     
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    Fatigue happens. I switched from a heavy stout/porter rotation to hoppy beers a few year back. Now I'm stuck on crazy hoppy IPAs and am trying to switch back to more balanced beers. Rotate your styles and you can avoid the wall.
     
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    the cure is in the bottle...

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