Stout Season to IPA Season --- when do you make the switch?

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  1. woodchopper

    woodchopper Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 Illinois
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    I love beer season the best just have a hard time deciding what beer to drink

  2. BlowstotheBody

    BlowstotheBody Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Florida

    I drink whatever, whenever. I live in Miami. We don't get seasons.
  3. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    I usually jump around in beer styles from week to week or month to month, so really I never make a full on switch from one style to the next.
  4. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Thread made me realize, I still drink a lot of IPA's in the winter, all year for that matter, but not many stouts in the summer. Stout are not conducive to a hot day, where IPA's taste great wherever, whenever.
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  5. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,455) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    I drink more stout's in the winter, but I don't stop drinking IPA's or drink any less of them. Year round love affair.
  6. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Angels fan? They are suppose to rip up the leagues...again.
  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Lately I've been drinking up my IPAs and "cellaring" my stouts. I may have enough stouts for next winter.
  8. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    It is a seasonal...and when I say that I mean daily....path that I walk. More often than not we begin with a delicious Jai Alai.. or something similarily awesome. Often it ends there...but if I'm having more than 2 beers... #3 is usually an imperial stout of one ilk or another.
  9. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    We hardly have seasons in Miami, so i just drink anything at any time of year
  10. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (182) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    Hard to consider this "stout season" when we're getting Lagunitas Sucks and Hopslam.
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  11. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    The only styles I tend to reserve for a particular season are Weiss, Wit, and Barleywine. Tend to only drink wheat beers in warm weather and a snifter of Barleywine is expressly made for winter. Can't think of another style I wouldn't drink year round including Imperial Stout.
  12. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,614) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I usually can't get into full IPA mood unless its at least in the mid 60's regularly. So that means a couple more months for me.
  13. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Poo-Bah (1,607) Dec 13, 2008 Illinois

    I'm with you. Perhaps global warming has turned your taste buds? IPAs are an any time brew for me. Love the big, thicker, heavier brews Late Sept/Oct to March.
  14. WesM63

    WesM63 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Ohio

    As with many others, no specific seasons for me.

    Although, I do favor Stouts in the winter, IPA's in Spring and Wits/Hefe's in the Summer.
  15. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (271) Jul 12, 2012 Utah
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    However long my KBS lasts me after release.
  16. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,632) Sep 24, 2008 California

    There's a season? If so, I'm a notorious poacher.
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  17. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    The philosophy of seasonal drinking is no longer relevant
    There are several great IPAs you can't pass up due to limited availability and freshness. I got 2 cases of Heady while in VT over Christmas. Who is storing that until spring time?
    Stone sums it up perfectly with their Enjoy By x/x/x. If I am lucky to get some that date dictates the season.
  18. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    There's a season for beers? :wink:

    Eschewing traditions, i like to drink whatever i'm in the mood for. Could be an IPA when -30C or a RIS on a sweltering summer day.
  19. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (448) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    No need to switch. If you dont know what to do, fill half glass with stout, fill the rest with IPA. Problem solved.
  20. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    Florida + Me not drinking Pale Ale's = Stouts, Porters, Quads, Strong Ales & Barleywines all year long!
  21. proseberry

    proseberry Initiate (0) May 2, 2008 Illinois

    Hello. I have sevaral cases of Stout of various years in the dark, ready to quaf. Stone, Night Stalker, Big John, Dark Lord, Sierra Nevada 30th, Big Hugs, Bitches Brew, etc. Then I get barraged with IPA/IIPA limited release seaon. Sucks, HopSlam, Plate Wrecker, etc. So my Stouts sit for another year. Can't break the chain. Thanks.
  22. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    For me it goes:
    Late winter (after the holidays)- Imperial stouts, barleywines, doppelbocks, scotch ales

    Spring- maibocks, wit biers, IPA's, pilsners,

    Early summer- Pilsners, wheat beers, pale ales, kolsch's, saisons are my favorite

    Late summer- red ales/lagers, porters, marzens (of course)

    Autumn- all belgian styles, pumpkin beers, all of the same beers from late winter

    Early winter (before/during the holidays)- holiday themed seasonal beers, spiced dark beer, barleywine, quads

    I do though, of course, drink all style all years round.
  23. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
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    i like all beers at all times, just depends on my mood.
  24. Rutager

    Rutager Poo-Bah (2,188) Oct 18, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)
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    I swing both ways year round, twice as many dates that way. Wait, what were we talking about?
  25. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Do you live in the Southern Hemisphere? Otherwise the hops were fresh in August/September, most recently.
  26. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    winter never lived here lol. Supposed to be low 60s tonight. Never know when a 40s 50s day will sprout up
  27. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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

    Yezzzir. Halos should be interesting again this year. Hoping Trout can avoid the notorious Sophmore Slump...
  28. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    I don't care much for IPA's, but I just decided it's my favorite season.
  29. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    My bad as I should have clarified by talking about freshly brewed IPAs. :slight_smile:
    Fussy fussy. :stuck_out_tongue:
  30. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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

    Sprinkle in a few free roaming anacondas and flesh eating zombies here and there...sounds beautiful. ;-)
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  31. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,277) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    On December 31st every year, I make the switch from IPAs to IPAs for the new year!
  32. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Air Conditioning = Year Round Drinking of Everything You Want
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  33. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Whenever I get bored with that particular style.
  34. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    Does anyone actually care about seasons, or temperatures with beer? I've consumed every kind of beer, in every kind of seasons, with every kind of weather. Doesn't matter, drink beer.
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  35. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,193) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Last Night the switch occurred at 1:17 a.m.
    At 12:30 I opened a Founders Imperil Stout.
    At 1:17 I opened up a pliny and followed that up with some Flower Power.
    I am happy to report that it was a smooth transition.

    I drink IPAs and Stouts all year long. A preponderance of one over the other is dependent upon my mood and not the weather.
  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I don't. All beers all the time.
  37. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    My thoughts mirrored.I drink practically all my beers in pubs and they have things like central heating and log fires so the ambient supping temperatures aren't seasonal! Only trouble is stouts get a little rarer in the summer. On a hot day nothing beats a decent session beer.Last thing I want is anything with strength because I'm thirsty! A few pints of refreshingly cool (works better than cold) ale in a beer garden kills anything else stone dead.Luckily skunking isn't a problem.
    I do see stouts a little more in the winter plus barley wines (I only drink cask beers so am subject to drinking what I can find) and I'll admit it's lovely to sup one by a pub log fire.
    If I do drink bottled beer it's at home and I select on strength as much as anything.That's because of what I might want to be doing later such as driving.
  38. Flightoficarus

    Flightoficarus Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2009 Washington

    I tend to mainly drink stout/porter during the fall and winter, but sometimes they hit the spot on a cool summer evening too. IPA's - I just drink them year round :grinning:. When I think of "summer" beer, I think of a Munich Helles lager or some type of pale ale.
  39. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    During the cold winter I go heavy with the porridge.
    Spring you need honey nut cheerios, captain crunch with peanut butter of its fresh.
    Summer is fruity pebbles or a trix. If lucky some lucky charms.
    Early fall count chocula, franken and boo berry, if you have a vintage fruity yummy mummy crack it open.
    Late fall corn flakes, corn pops and cookie crisps.
    If you are a poor loser its generic flakes, puffs, and 'O's all year. Then drink some PBRs and lie to yourself that you' re cool and keeping it real.

    This thread is ridiculous.
  40. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Kind of already have because we're already thawing out in Pittsburgh, but at the same time I was already wearing myself out on big, dark beers. I still have some that I need to get through, like some Labyrinth and some extra Breakfast Stouts and the like I had laying around, and stuff like Walker's Reserve, Narwhal, Founders Imperial that I just got a hold of yesterday, but as soon as I bought my case of Celebration I knew I was ready to move back into lighter affair. I just got some Firestone IPA and Daisy Cutter yesterday too. I'll probably pop those open watching football this afternoon.
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