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Poll: How often do you check BA before buying a new beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ao125, Dec 20, 2012.

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How often do you check BA before buying a new beer?

  1. Always

    93 vote(s)
    23.8%
  2. Sometimes

    198 vote(s)
    50.8%
  3. Only if I've never had anything from that brewery before

    56 vote(s)
    14.4%
  4. Never (I like spinning the wheel on beer roulette)

    43 vote(s)
    11.0%
  1. ao125

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    I'm curious, how often do you check BA and/or other beer rating sites before you pick up a new (or new to you) beer?

    I'm personally starting to find myself passing up beers I've never tried before, solely because they have low rating scores... and I'm sure I'm not alone.

    I often think of it as a small insurance policy on a $5-12 bet, and I very rarely pick up completely undrinkable beers anymore.

    That said, I don't know that I'm as experimental as I used to be... at least on my own dime.
     
  2. BMart

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    Depends on pricing, if it's under $4 for 12oz or under $10 for 22oz, I'm not as quick to look it up and just give it a try. If it's marked higher and from a brewery I never had before, I usually look it up before purchasing. At that point, anything 80 or higher I'll give a try to make my own conclusion.
     
  3. TX-Badger

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    I'll try anything once, and I could care less about what someone else thinks about it. I like to form my own opinion of a beer before reading what others think.
     
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  4. jdillon334

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    Almost always, but I try and pay more attention to the description from a few reviewers than to the rating.
     
  5. TheMonkfish

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    If the beer is from a brewery that I think is solid and it's a style I like then I don't check.

    Otherwise if it's an unknown I'll Google the beer and check the various beer sites' public consensus number only (I don't put any stock into any editorial reviews/ratings that sites may offer.)
     
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    I've found that beers on this site which are rated higher usually taste better than those which are not. Sure if it's reviews from just a few people that's not much to go off, but if 300 out of 325 people all think the beer is great then that is pretty telling.
     
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    Almost never, unless its a brewery I've never heard of. I like to make my own decisions about what I like.
     
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    I will check if it is a brewery I'm not familiar with. Or if there is little information about the style of beer on packaging.
     
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    Hardly ever any more, although I've become a lot more selective about my purchases these days.
     
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    It's all about pricing. I'd say if it's double digits for a bomber, I'll probably check it out. This is also dependent on how lazy I am being at the time.
     
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    If Im at a bottle shop scouring, almost always. If Im at a bar, almost never.
     
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    Quite often. Unless it's a brewery that I know won't let me down, I take a peek at the score.

    The only time I never check is if I'm at a brewery
     
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    It depends. But when I first discovered BA, I obsessively looked up every beer and took my time deciding what to buy. Now it's a bit more based on knowing my way around, and checking the scores later to see if I agree with them. I'd say it's about 50/50. It's useful to have the reviews, because I have only so much money to spend on beer.
     
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    I only check after I've tasted it, just to see if I'm correct in either liking or disliking it.
     
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    I always do, but I'm still new to this.
     
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    I always check just to get a general over-all but it doesnt always make my decision.
     
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    Sometimes...

    1) If it's a beer in a style I've never had.
    2) If it's something expensive.
     
  18. sm0key

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    I look more for the details about the beer, more so than for the actual ratings. Not all bottles give all the info I'm looking for
     
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    I dont have a smart phone so usually if I see something questionable I have to wait until I can research it before I buy it. A lot of times I forget what I had been looking at. Usually I have a pretty good idea of what I am going to get before I go to the store. But other times I just wing it; just walk in and grab some random stuff that sounds good.
     
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    My local packie promotes mix your own six at 10% off so thats how I try new beers. Then I read what BA has to say about them.LOL.
     
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    I usually don't check BA until after I try the beer for myself.
     
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    This is pretty much my exact answer. Once a brewery proves itself to me, I'll try anything from them. If I don't know the brewery, I'd rather look at the score and read a few ratings first to make sure the majority of people don't think it sucks, or that there's some common theme in the flavor that I know I won't enjoy.
     
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    I don't always drink beer without checking Beeradvocate first...

    But when I do, it's because I'm not familiar with the brewery.
     
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    When I go to a packie I almost always already know what I want and I'm just checking to see if they have it. Most of the time I'm determining what I want from BA, but I can't remember the last time I walked into a store, found a beer I'd never heard of before but thought sounded interesting, and then checked the rating. I think that's what this question is asking, but I'm not sure. So the answer is either or always or never.
     
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    The only times I dont check is when Im at some backwoods liquor store that sprint cant seem to reach with 3G
     
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  26. ao125

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    ...or T-Mobile
     
  27. TX-Badger

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    Sometimes it's telling, other times it's not, it's simply people being 'sheeple' and not wanting to deviate from what the group thinks for sake of being ostracized.
     
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    Voted sometimes, but it's more like most of the time. I've been burned on too many mediocre beers not to check at this point.
     
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    Agreed. Looking for tasting notes rather than numbers or grades.
     
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    In my store I put up signs with BA scores and a little descirption of the beer. What do you guys think about that?
     
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    I'm kind of new, so I've been playing a game where I taste first, form my own ideas, and then reference what others are saying here. I prefer to taste new beers with an open mind.
    When I'm tring someting new on tap, I like it when it happens that the style is not identified by name. That way I can practice identifying the style as well as evaluating the beer itself.
     
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    Sometimes mainly if its not clear what style the beer is or if the abv isnt listed on the bottle. But most of the time I dont bother.
     
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    Given that what I perceive of as "taste" is nothing more than some organic mass located inside my skull interpreting chemical signals sent via a web of nerves, it makes no difference what anyone else's organic mass perceives when similar signals are transmitted to it.

    In other words, a given beer tastes differently to EVERY SINGLE PERSON, so its irrelevant what any of you think. Ergo, my answer is never
     
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    Always... but I dont always listen.
     
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    There've been some occasions where I've seen a beer, thinking, oh that looks cool, but I'm gonna wait and check it out on BA before I buy, but I'm usually pretty impulsive and will give that weird/new/pricey beer a chance right off the bat, hoping my choice is validated later.
    Generally speaking, I have decent beer instincts and tend to have been very fortunate in my choices - even if I wasn't overly fond of an impulse buy, it helped educate my palate.
    I will also sometimes seek out highly praised or rated beers based from Top Beer lists and forum posts to familiarize myself with what people are talking about. Particularly in a new/unfamiliar style, I want to try something exemplary of the style first (establishing a frame of reference) before I start winging it with creative interpretations of the style.
     
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    The only time I will check a beer before tasting is when working out trades. It doesn't matter how many stellar or horrible reviews a beer gets, your pallet is your own, so generally speaking anything new I see I grab at least a bottle. On the other hand when trading out my cellar, beers I know for a fact I love, I will check BA reviews on unknown beers before setting a trade in stone.
     
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    I spend too much damn time on this site that by the time I go to the store I have a pretty good idea of what BA says about the majority of beers. Occasionally I will check if it is a pricey purchase.
     
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    I usually only do this if I haven't heard anything about the beer specifically or if I don't have much experience with the brewery that made it. I don't look at rating either, rather read the first 10 or so reviews.
     
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    Maybe when I get a SMARTer phone I'll do this more religously.
     
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    I think that's very helpful. I have a couple of independent shops that I frequent who do the same. Since I do like to check on unfamiliar breweries, that prevents the need to dig up the info on BA on my phone while standing in front of the shelves or coolers (which can be a little uncomfortable in a small shop).

    To the OP's question - my budget isn't unlimited. Taking a look at what the rest of us here on BA think has resulted in my purchases tending to the higher end of the quality spectrum. That's the value of being part of this community, so why not take advantage of it?
     
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