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How long does a beer last in your cup?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by lsummers, Nov 17, 2012.

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  1. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    Hey all, I'm curious as to how long everyone generally sips on a beer? I know it probably varies greatly on style and abv so feel free to list examples! I've read on here before that some spend an entire evening on 2 beers and others have a couple bombers in a couple hours.

    For me I would drink a lager or wit somewhat faster than an ipa depending on bitterness. A double ipa I tend to sip a little more however sometimes if its particularly tasty I sip them faster than I probably should :stuck_out_tongue:

    The point when I start to really slow down is when the abv increases by more than 8.5. Also I think most stouts and imperial stouts I also slow down way more than any other beer. The only style that I tend to drink not paying attention at all to abv is sours for me. They are so delicious to me I find it hard to not take another immediate sip! Mouthfeel and taste dictate how fast a favorite beer goes for me the most.
  2. hoplover888

    hoplover888 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2010 Illinois

    10 minutes to half hour per 12 0z, depending on style and mood.
  3. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Precisely long enough for me to finish it
  4. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,043) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    22 minutes. I know this because I derive a great deal of joy out of drinking good beer while watching my favorite Premier League team, and match after match, I've nailed it down to 22 minutes per beer.

    PS: Any other time, who the hell knows, but I imagine it's close to the 20-25 minute mark.
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  5. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (335) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
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    40 minutes on average
  6. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

    Depends on the style for me. Lagers, wits, and other more mild, refreshing beers, I tend to drink pretty fast. Stronger beers, whether it be in taste or alcohol, I tend to drink slower. I also tend to start out faster and slow down as I drink more.
  7. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    No "generally" for me, but there are some that usually hold true.

    "Lawnmower beers" - typically something light after a hot bike ride - not much more than 10-15 minutes.
    Stouts like SN Stout or FBS - anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on starting temp, mood, etc.
    Something like Bourbon County Stout or KBS: 60-90 minutes for a single 12 ounce bottle.
  8. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Defender (647) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    Is it really possible to sip beer? If so I suck at it.
  9. Prh27

    Prh27 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Virginia

    As you said, it depends on the beer and its style. Something lighter such as an APA or hefeweizen, it would be about 15 minutes. A big beer such as a BA stout or barleywine could take up to 90 minutes, for 12 oz. Give me a bomber and it could stretch over 2 hours.
  10. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Depends. Between 15 and 30 minutes.
  11. NWer

    NWer Crusader (712) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Refreshing beers after a long day - about 2 minutes for the first one, maybe 30 minutes for the 2nd - usually a pils or IPA.
    If I'm popping a barleywine or imperial stout to sip & enjoy it can last a couple of hours
    PS Cool website - I just returned from Vancouver. Really enjoyed Yaletown & Central City
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  12. JohnnyBarman

    JohnnyBarman Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    Also depends on the situation. Oddly enough, I find I drink much faster at tastings with other people, because usually I'm so excited to get to the next brew that I turn into a kid at Disney World and burn out trying to do everything too fast. If I'm sipping one at home, usually takes about half an hour at least if it's a tasting one (where warmth isn't detrimental) or about ten minutes if it's just a bottle of beer. I've found I've slowed down a great deal in the last few years.
  13. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,417) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Depends on the style. Imperial stouts, strong ales, and barleywines probably average about an hour and a half per 12oz serving. Maltier, but lower in ABV styles like scotch ales or brown ales probably average about an hour. Hoppier styles probably average about half an hour.
  14. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Pretty impressive that you can keep beer in the glass that long without drinking it. You are like a Zen master or something.
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  15. modern

    modern Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 Ohio

    I have no freaking idea how to answer this. Two minutes to about an hour and a half. One of my favorite things is to sit around with a bomber watching TV or a movie and sip then refill that sip for a couple of hours. Another favorite activity is to swing by a bar for just an hour. I tend to get carried away if I stay too long, so its nice to set limits. I usually manage to have 2 or 3 before I walk home.
  16. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,417) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    It's true. The beer is not my master, I am my own master.
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  17. meanmutt

    meanmutt Crusader (711) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    Depending on the situation and what I'm drinking...anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.
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  18. MattyG85

    MattyG85 Poo-Bah (3,099) Aug 31, 2010 Minnesota

    Lighter styles about 15-20 min. per 12 once serving. Imperial 12 oz. probably around 30 min. Imperial bomber around 60-90 min. If I'm reviewing something even longer or if I'm served something too cold I let it warm up a bit.
  19. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,098) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I'm probably somewhere in the same ballpark. Certain beers (low abv that I've had before) I can go through in 15 minutes. But the majority of the time I take my time to review and enjoy. I'm sipping on a 2012 Old Stock now which will probably take me an hour-ish
  20. gtermi

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

    30-45 minutes. I like to sip and enjoy my beer
  21. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    7 seconds.


    15-45 minutes depending on style & setting.
  22. trixdout

    trixdout Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 New Jersey

    Yup, same as op, as the abv increases my sips become a little smaller and longer intervals in between. I think anything of 10+ abv takes me close to an hour to properly enjoy.
  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Probably 5 minutes on average.
  24. jeevo

    jeevo Aspirant (293) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Pouring my beer into a red Solo Cup and chugging is the only way I know how to drink beer.

    On a more serious note, it all depends on what I'm drinking, who I'm with, what time of the day it is, etc. Lots of outside variables factor in.
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  25. BostonHops

    BostonHops Champion (848) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    many factors at play here, most already covered above: style, abv, setting, your mood, what number beer it is, what else you're doing at the time... and sometimes just due to how smooth and tastily it's going down. forced to ballpark an average i'd probably put it somewhere in the 20mins to a half hour range.
  26. squirrely2005

    squirrely2005 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2011 Texas

    I want to it depends on style but it's more my mood. I drink really fast. Not just beer though.
    I'd say I never take more than 30 minutes on 12 oz. Drives me nuts when I see my friend babysitting his Coors for 30-45 mins. How can he taste how much worse it's getting.
  27. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    Seriously, far too big of a gap for my answer to be helpful at all. 10 mins for a pilsner on a hot summer day, 60 mins for a high ABV or a thick beer on a hot summer day (think a Devil Dancer or a Lion Stout or something).
  28. dalepryor

    dalepryor Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 Kentucky

    I sip slowly on Imperial stouts and DIPAs, anything 5% and under is usually gone in 10 minutes or less!
  29. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    Anywhere from a few minutes to 2+ hours for something big like a wws
  30. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Devotee (476) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Oddly enough, I drank my first WWS in about 20 minutes not knowing how strong it was. I just knew it was tasty and that I had to eat my dinner and finish my beer quickly to get back to painting. Drunk painting is my new favorite type of painting. That wall turned out surprisingly nice, too.
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  31. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    My first wws was the one that took me 2 hours, I was hanging out at my parents house just enjoying myself and sipping on a good strong beer that could be enjoyed over that type of time frame. The next one I had took about 45 minutes at the bar after I half already had a few, that left me feeling pretty good. The bar had one secret case in the back and I was graciously offered a second one but politely declined because I didn't think they would want me spending the night in one of their booths.
  32. Samjuan12

    Samjuan12 Initiate (197) Jun 17, 2012 Illinois
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    So are you saying putting my BCBS in beer bongs is the incorrect way to drink it?

    Walez bro...
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  33. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    anywhere from 5 minutes (pabst) to an hour and a half (black tuesday)
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  34. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    I'll time it and get back to you..

    Burp..beers 1- 4. Avg 12 minutes ea. 6+ABV

    Bburp..scuse me.. Beers 5/6. Avg 12 minutes ea. 7.5+ABV

    Ahem, ok where were..Beers 7+ 42 minutes ea. 10+ABV (I let these warm up for 30 minutes)
  35. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    I'm not sure how long it generally takes me to drink a beer, but I have found that I always start the night sipping slow and enjoying all the flavors, then as the night goes on the beers find their way into my belly faster and faster.
  36. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (199) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    It's not like I've ever timed it or anything. Most 12 oz beers at most times I'd guess 20 mins or less, and I probably take 3/4-1 oz per swig, even for relatively thick, 8+ ABV beer. But I have just tasted BCBS for the first time, and I stretched that 12 oz into an hour and a half. I've had plenty of wee heavies, thicker stouts and scotch ales that have slowed me down a little, but this is the first legit "sipper" I've ever tasted. I just plain didn't want more than a literal sip at a time, and I put some time between them.
  37. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,393) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    5 minutes - 30 minutes depending on thirst, style ,and taste
  38. GreenCoffee

    GreenCoffee Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2012 Illinois

    A long time. The better it is, the longer I linger with it. I once (ONCE) nursed a bomber of Parabola for 8 hours. Veeerrrryyyy slooowwww.
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  39. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I don't know, I only butt-chug these days.
  40. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Unless I'm at a ticktastistic tasting, I usually nurse my beer for about 45 minutes to an hour. A truly good beer needs time in the glass in order to reveal itself.
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