Pilsner glasses for IPAs?

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  1. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (281) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I usually drink IPA's out of a goblet or pint glass but I have a flared pilsner glass I want to use and I'm wondering how common or acceptable it is to drink an IPA out of a pilsner glass.
  2. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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  3. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    Acceptable to who? Take your beer and pour that shit into any glass you feel like! Drink it up man! lol...
  4. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (281) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Well pilsner glasses are thinner and I know for an ipa you want a wider mouth to release the aroma. Thats why I asked.
  5. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    Generally if I have an IPA sixer I'll try different glasses, I've found that pilsner glasses give more of a straightforward hops profile as you drink them. Belgian tulip glasses will really bring forth the fruity profiles of a good IPA. Experiment! It's what brings out half the fun of craft beer! It's tough to get the Pils glass to temper the brew however.
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  6. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    I know man, I was just messing with you. I'm sure someone will give you the technical answer you are looking for.

  7. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    From what I've read the tall, thin pilsner glasses (which I'm assuming is the kind you mean?) are mainly for presentation (showing off the clarity and light color of a pilsner) and a little head retention. I'd recommend a tulip for IPA's.

    That said, glassware doesn't make that big of a difference. Drink out of whatever makes you happy.
  8. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    i pour everything into this just to feel like a bad ass.
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  9. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Initiate (158) Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Beer bongs are the only "true" way to appreciate the complexities of the tannins and high levels of alpha acids that are present in most IPA's.
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  10. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    If you're not breaking out your beer bong right now, your behind the game!
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  11. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (281) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

  12. bosse

    bosse Initiate (162) Apr 27, 2009 Sweden
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    the best glasses to drink IPA┬┤s in are big wine glasses
  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,304) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I use this type of Pilsner glass from time to time (I think it's kind of nice as an all-purpose glass, though a bitch to keep clean):
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  14. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I use weizen glasses for double IPAs. Whatever floats your boat!
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  15. modern

    modern Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 Ohio

    I just got some Goose Island Summer Wheat Pilsner glasses that are great for anything. I drink a lot of IPA's so those go in there. Honestly, I don't notice a lot of difference between a shaker pint and a tasting tulip. If you like the glass, use it.
  16. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    It makes a taste difference, but let's not get crazy. You'd drink it from the bottle if you had no glass. I say that, but then, I hate straight sided pints for really fragrant beers. So I'm a damn hypocrite.
    Anything that flares out and then narrows will do for me, but I prefer snifters and globes because then I can look like a bigger jerk when I drink. :slight_smile:

    But if you worry about the glass you use, you're doing it wrong.
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  17. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
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    I always pour mine in an Oversized wine glass. Cause I love to smell em. At least for the first time Im drinking a new IPA.
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  18. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    You have my permission
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  19. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    drink it form one of these pils glasses:
  20. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (824) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    IPA in a Pilsner glass, you will burn in BA hell!!
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  21. Hopportunistic

    Hopportunistic Aspirant (263) Jan 24, 2013 North Carolina

    I feel like such an unsophisticated heel. I rarely bother with a glass and just bottle feed !!! :wink:
  22. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Your beer. Doesn't really matter. I have a Hitachino Nest pils glass that I drink a lot of my IPAs out of.
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  23. Zimbo

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

    Yeah, but all the other poured IPAs will be pointing at it and laughing. Justifiably of course.
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  24. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013

    There was a bar around here in Cambridge that was selling Hopslam in Pilsner glasses. It still tasted like Hopslam and I don't believe that the Bros ever wrote them a citation.
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  25. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

  26. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,431) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Does it matter if it's common or acceptable? Do what feels right - even if that means drinking beer from a sippy cup.
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  27. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I prefer my hoppy beers in Pilsner glasses over Tulips. Call me crazy or wrong but that's just my preference.
  28. jacobbocce72

    jacobbocce72 Initiate (116) Dec 18, 2011 Texas

    I drink all my beer out of a Yahtzee shaker...
  29. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey
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    I've drank porters out of my pilsner glass too. For some reason it's soothing to see something long dark :wink:
  30. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    I drink IPA's out of pilsner style glasses all the time. Alot of people will probably disagree with me, but to me its either pour it in a glass or don't. Who cares what glass. Heady Topper demands you drink it from the can so who knows....
  31. SamJory

    SamJory Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Good Pour!
  32. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,152) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I've drank IPAs out of a pilesener glass. Tasted just fine.
  33. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (388) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sounds risky. I wouldn't try it.
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  34. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,519) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I love Pils glass my last one broke, do it. And I don't like to drink out of shaker pints, I absolutely hate them. I have some that are cool to collect, but as a drinking tool they suck.
  35. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Pour it in and try. Not trying to be an ass, but pour an IPA into a pils glass and try it. That is the only way you will know how the glass showcases the beer.

    Internet forums are great for asking questions, but sometimes the answer lies within your own experience.
  36. nachos

    nachos Initiate (97) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    I'll drink my beer in whatever I find on you after I take your lunch money and give you an atomic wedgie.
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  37. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,406) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Quit apologizing, you're not that far off. I have my personal geeky technical opinions of glassware vs. the beer style and unless you have a big glassware collection, pour it into whatever vessel floats your boat, the aroma and "overall experience" may be compromised a little but it won't kill the flavor.
  38. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,406) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    :grimacing: I have a pretty generous collection of eclectic glassware with some really cool stuff but THAT has to be THE coolest piece I've ever seen...hands down. (I'd probably drink any style of beer out of that one just for the coolness factor.)
  39. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,430) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    I'll do it. What the hell. My only pilsener glass is very similar to my tulip anyway.

    Frankly, I have no issue drinking any beer out of anything ... so long as its beer.
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