If you’ve ready any of my previous posts, you will know that I recently traveled to Georgia. And while the Georgia beer scene has definitely come a long way, the selection of beers still differs greatly from those available in the California markets. Many of the beers available did come from local Georgia breweries, but there were also several from up and down the East Coast – many of which I had never heard of since they are not typically available in California. So what’s a beer drinker to do when he’s in the middle of an unknown beer world? Here’s my thought process:
On Sierra Nevada/Bells Maillard’s Odyssey:
“Bottle. The pour is a creamy black. The aroma is big on toffee and some malt. The taste continues the toffee, almost reminds me of mother of all storms.” – Rated 2.9/5
On Stones Delicious IPA:
“Very good beer. A little less hoppy than what I expected, although what you lose in bitterness, you gain in complexity. It’s easy to make a very hoppy IPA, its difficult to make a beer as good and complex!” – Rated 4.2/5
On Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA:
“Somewhat disappointing. Founders rarely lets me down, but this one was not too great. Pours amber with little head. Alcohol on the nose is not unexpected given the ABV, but dominates unfortunately. I was hoping to get hop-bombed. Bitter taste for sure, but not all in a good way, and very little character. I’ll try it again next year, but glad I only got a single of this overpriced brew.” – Rated 3.5/5
On Dogfish Heads 120 Minute IPA:
“This beer if my fav! Strong aromatic goodness. After 3 you are left satisfied and looking for a cheaper option. This beer hits everything perfectly and will spoil your tastebuds moving forward!” – Rated 5/5
So what’s my point in all of this? Are these people’s opinions wrong? Are they right? I personally believe each craft beer lover is entitled to their own opinion – even if I don’t fully understand what that opinion is (or means). But does that mean they have to share that opinion with the world? Certainly, they have the right to share their opinion. But is it considerate of others to post my opinion on a beer, which by the way, is also subject to my own preferences, experiences, palate, and food and drink eaten prior to sampling this particular beer?
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