Nitro Beer Poll

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Mark-Leggett, Mar 9, 2020.


Nitro: Love, Hate, or Eh?

  1. Love

    64 vote(s)
  2. Hate

    34 vote(s)
  3. Eh

    125 vote(s)
  1. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Meyvn (1,121) Jul 30, 2014 Missouri

    Seems like different breweries catch the nitro bug and have to make one. Unless its a milk stout I really could do without nitro altogether. What are your thoughts?
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  2. LGHT

    LGHT Initiate (199) Sep 28, 2007 California

    I enjoy them, but it's something that was done a LONG time ago and the fad has passed. I agree milk stouts are probably the best beer to Nitro though.
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  3. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (308) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    I love Nitro when I'm in the mood for it. But that isn't very often so I just went with "Eh."
  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Guinness started developing it in the late 1950s and introduced the nitro keg serving method in Ireland in 1964. It supposedly was meant to replace a cumbersome "two cask" system, in which the bartender had to blend the stout from the two different vessels.

    Took a long time for it to be available to much of the US - as late as 1979, when the US accounted for only about 1% of all Guinness (draught, and bottled ES) sales, half of all Guinness sold in the US was in NYC. At that time, there were only 33 bars in NYC with Guinness on tap, 18 of them in Manhattan according to a New York Magazine article which later quotes a Guinness USA VP.

    The widget nitro can came out in 1988; hitting "selected US markets" in 1991.

    I suppose for some, those events are a "LONG time ago" - but not really if one considers the whole of brewing history.:grin:
    #4 jesskidden, Mar 9, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2020
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  5. billandsuz

    billandsuz Devotee (427) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    It has it's place, albeit a limited space.

    I find the bite from CO2 is really missed in anything other than a low IBU beer, so nitro IPA, nitro Pils etc. are really quite miserable. For me.

    If we can have Milkshake IPA surely there is space for nitro beer. BA's who or otherwise open minded can really lose their shit over nitro beer. It's amusing for some I guess.

  6. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Meyvn (1,121) Jul 30, 2014 Missouri

    Well put, my thoughts on the nose
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,693) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I'll happily get a nitro draught Guinness from time to time. And when I do it's because that's exactly what I'm in the mood for, not that there weren't many other choices :sunglasses:.

    I just had a few this past Saturday, actually, and enjoyed every drop...
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  8. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (374) Feb 9, 2019 New York

    Nitro seems to work well with some stouts, not so much with other styles. Empire had a nitro cream ale that was smooth, but flavorless.
  9. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (51) Dec 5, 2019

    I hold no ill will whatsoever towards nitro. Some greats include:

    • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
    • Old Chubb
    • Guinness
    • Sam Adams Nitro Coffee
    • Sam Adams Nitro IPA
    • Bellhaven Scottish Ale
    • Old Speckled Hen
    • Murphys
    • Budweiser Reserve Nitro Gold
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  10. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,419) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I have absolutely no hatred for nitro. I agree with the observations of those who dislike it, but I still like it... I just wouldn't ever choose a nitro beer over the "non-nitro" version. Nitro beers are almost universally worse off in my eyes. This doesn't make them unenjoyable though.

    What I really dislike is the craft brewer need to "do their take" on everything and anything beer related. Nitro Guinness Draught is a very enjoyable beer. Guinness has figured out how to make it work for them - both on the technical level and the sensory level. The further away you get from the Guinness commitment to doing it right, the worse it becomes as an option - both on the technical level and sensory level. Craft brewers that release $15 four packs of nitro cans that pour beer with practically no carbonation should be ashamed.
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  11. AccipiterofBeer

    AccipiterofBeer Aspirant (253) Nov 28, 2016 New York

    I miss the Sam Adams Nitro beers. The Coffee Stout was a great dessert companion.
  12. SierraNevallagash

    SierraNevallagash Defender (673) Sep 23, 2018 Maine

    I've yet to try a nitrogenated beer that I thought was better than the original. It doesn't help that i hate lactose in beer, and a good portion of nitro beers are milk stouts. I don't hate the nitro thing, but it doesn't excite me. Eh.
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  13. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (51) Jan 30, 2020

    Haven't had one in years; remember them being a smooth soft carbonation; am'iright?
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,078) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    It's an abomination, with some exceptions.
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  15. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,053) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    love it, baby
  16. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,177) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Thing is, it doesn't ask us "put into what style?" which is where I start to have problems...
    Stout - sure
    Porter - M'okaaaay....
    Sawtooth ale, at the limit,
    Anything else basically ? NO.
    Just no.
  17. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (169) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont

    Hill Farmstead Shirley Mae on Nitro is one of the best beers I’ve ever had
    I’ve only tried an nitro ipa once and it was a drain pour, can’t remember what it was
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  18. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (780) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Had Founders Pale ale on Nitro and it was not good after a few sips. Felt like it went flat. Had some blood orange IPA too, not good.

    Founders oatmeal stout was also not enjoyable, the flavor was dulled down by the nitro

    I can see the darker beers and that nice mouth feel but I think the beer needs to have some good body and flavor to start with.

    I do enjoy the Guinness and even that can feel a bit thin at times but I do enjoy it.

    Overall not a nitro fan but will try them now and again.

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  19. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (515) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    IMHO Left Hand really nailed the nitro. Most others are meh. Nitro IPAs are not my thing but any other style especially the darker the better.
    Now I want a nitro milk stout
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  20. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (4,208) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I love nitro beers, Souther Tier's Nitro Blackwater Series was probably my favorite release of 2019. S'mores was easily one of the 5 best beers I had last year.
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  21. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Meyvn (1,031) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    Stouts on nitro aren't bad. I prefer co2, though.

    I once had an IPA on Nitro. that was a truly terrible experience. Never again.
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  22. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (632) Mar 28, 2009 California

    The right style it’s really good. The wrong style I hate it. Don’t love it. I guess that’s an eh?
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  23. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Aspirant (242) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Sometimes a beer on nitro is a thing of beauty and sometimes it just doesn't work and ruins an otherwise good beer. So I voted eh, but what I meant was it depends on the beer.
  24. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,370) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Most I've tried were okay, nothing that would inspire strong feelings one way or another. Therefore, Eh.
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  25. Foyle

    Foyle Savant (951) Sep 29, 2007 North Carolina

    To each his own, but I find them a disgusting waste of time and money. Give me a CO2 brew everytime.
  26. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Champion (804) Apr 30, 2007 Massachusetts

    Yes to stouts and porters. Anything else, if the mood dictates and the beer menu is nothing special, I might try something.
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  27. Czequershuus

    Czequershuus Poo-Bah (2,018) Feb 7, 2014 Minnesota

    I gather I am an outlier, because I absolutely love nitro beer, especially non-stout options. ESBs. ambers, and IPAs just get such a cool texture from it.
  28. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Devotee (489) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina

    I also like the occasional nitro beer when the nitro is done correctly. In stouts it can be visually appealing and add to the enjoyment of the beer.
    I don't see the use of nitro much in breweries in my area.
    I had a Nitro IPA that was very different, and not terrible.
    I did have a canned Murphy's Irish Stout with nitro that I thought was pretty good.
    Overall, I like nitro with the certain beers.
    #28 Singlefinpin, Mar 11, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2020
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  29. Miles_in_beer_city

    Miles_in_beer_city Devotee (408) Jun 18, 2014 North Carolina

    I chose love, but it has to be the right beer and typically a dark beer.
    One of the local breweries that we frequent always has their stout and their vanilla porter on nitro. Though typically an IPA drinker, and they have some I really like, I always have the stout or porter on nitro.
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  30. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,122) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    You enjoyed the Bud reserve nitro gold or was this sarcasm?
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  31. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (51) Dec 5, 2019

    I enjoyed it. So did the three people I was with.
  32. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,361) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I have nothing against nitro beers

    I like a good Boddington's ale every now and again and the first time i had Old Rasputin was on nitro and that was a revelation.
  33. jglenn73

    jglenn73 Initiate (116) Jul 28, 2015 New Jersey

    Besides various stouts, I've had Hop Devil on nitro many times, love it and it may actually be better than regular. Also had Nugget Nectar nitro once and that was pretty good. Oh and had Rubeus on nitro before, that worked well.
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  34. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (51) Dec 5, 2019

    Add Old Rasputin to my list....not sure how I could forget that one. Right up there with Wake Up Dead
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  35. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,122) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Carton does a great job with nitro beers. Carton of Milk Nitro, Cupid Nitro, Regular Coffee Nitro, Basic Coffee Nitro, etc.....all are awesome
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  36. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,076) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I picked "Eh" but I'm tempted to put hate. I really don't like nitro at all anymore. It makes the beer so damn watery and bland. The only reason I put "eh" instead of "hate" is that I still drink Guinness every once in a while...although even Guinness Draught doesn't hold the same charm to me as it used to. I could happily never drink another nitro beer again.
  37. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,359) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Eh is about right.
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  38. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Aspirant (221) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    I selected Hate. I don't mind Guinness on nitro occasionally but I just find that the Nitro kills the flavor and aroma of beers. I haven't had one I didn't wish was carbonated instead.
  39. basics

    basics Initiate (88) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Really works best for low abv stouts/porters as well as pale ales (founders -- though I dont know if they still make theirs) and occassionally ESBs and ambers. I appreciate a well done nitro beer, though I dont see them very often these days.

    I used to sell Ballast Point and we would get Sculpin on nitro and I enjoyed that quite a bit but it was so expensive we stopped carrying it.
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  40. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (51) Dec 5, 2019

    I think the notion that nitro "kills " is well exaggerated. For example, pour a Guinness and let it warm up to the right drinking temp and you'll find plenty of aroma and flavor to go around. Put it next to a a Guinness Extra Stout and you won't find a major difference.

    I've left a half-pint of Guinness unfinished and finished it the next morning and the beer was still delicious. This does not prove my former point, I'm just putting it out there
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