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Discussion in 'Fan Forum - Random Thoughts' started by jukeboxgroove, Apr 8, 2017.
Just had Terrapin Luau and it rocked tits.
Also, anyone had Bell's "Best Brown Ale"
I want it..
Another untapped pet peeve: rating a good/great beer low because you dont like the style.
Have some perspective
I hate sours and hefes, but if I have a great one like Jester King Atrial or Live Oak Hefe, I will give it a solid rating for the style because they are good. I'm not gonna give them a 2 because I dont enjoy the style
Really. That's like a hip hop head judging a heavy metal album. Or vica versa. They could like it but prob won't.
Be subjective is all I'm saying
Someone gave a 2.5 to an Oktoberfest that just won gold at GABF. He also said he doesnt have enough oktoberfests to know a good one from a bad one. Then you have no frame of reference here!!!
A fan of the Mop Water? One of my favorites.
Yeah, this is such dumb input. "1.5/5 - I hate tripels".
There are styles I don't like / am not a fan of, like any other beer-drinking human. Tripels usually being one. I also HATE coffee. I recently got a blonde stout that wasn't coffee / breakfast / whatever specified on the label. But the flavor was ridiculously coffee-heavy on the back end. I rated it how I thought I would if I didn't have a personal objection.
And if I try something that is SO out of my wheelhouse, I will just check in and leave it at that.
I think it's silly to get bent out of shape over Untappd ratings for any reason. Newsflash - probably 90% of beer drinkers couldn't tell you the difference between an IPA and a hefeweizen. Regardless, they are still consumers and their opinions count. It is/should all be based on personal taste.
Can someone not judge French cuisine without knowing the difference between a bechamel and a hollandaise and what each should taste like? Can someone not judge a metal band without knowing the difference between black metal and doom metal and what each should sound like?
I personally use Untappd as a way to remember the beers I've had and what I thought about their flavors. Not as some kind of ego-booster so neckbeard brewers can jerk each other off over how highly-rated their obscure beer is because it's sooo true to style. Your Czech pilsner may be the best Czech pilsner ever brewed, but I still think it is relatively flavorless and boring. Get over it. Be grateful I paid money for your beer.
Also, you can branch out to styles you normally don't like in an effort to broaden your beer horizons and still end up not liking the style/the beer.
So anyway, here's what goes into my Untappd ratings:
"Does it taste good to me?"
PS: GABF gives awards to garbage beers all the time.
I would hope we all know to take Untappd ratings with a small grain of salt.
But at the same time, for someone to have enough interest in beer to install the app, create a profile, and check in with it? I think that removes a gigantic chunk of the keg stand broseph crowd.
Yeah, but I do know a bunch of casual beer drinkers who use the app too. I'd say the user base probably isn't that different from the general beer-drinker base; many more casual fans than people who are actually able to judge beers based on style.
I feel like if I were a brewer, I would want to know what "regular people" as well as "experts" thought about my product. In what field can you create a consumable and only have it judged by "experts" with intimate knowledge anyway?
I preface this with I do get what you mean, and I forget if I like you as a poster or you just cheat with the Doc avatar to make me think you're cool.
I don't use it as the Bible of beer, but if I'm looking at an out-of-state beer than got dropped, I'll check the app to see the general feedback. A single tall boy is going for $5 and has a 4+ on the app? I'm listening. It has a ~3? I'll keep looking.
But we also need to remember that this is a wild hobby. You can spend five cents per ounce, or you could spend five dollars an ounce.
Untappd is sometimes fun, sometimes enraging. @jukeboxgroove is checking in and posting pics of some perverse french toast when I see it at 11 PM and I want nothing more than to devour that pic? This is the fun part. People checking in and rating a stout a 1 because "not juicy enuf"? That's the other part.
I prefer ratebeer and beer advocate to untapped. I know they're similar but the aforementioned have been around longer and likely to have less brohems giving they opinion.
Untappd is def not the place to go for ratings. I also use Beer Advocate for that. I do check to see if any of my Untappd friends have had it and their ratings, I trust them for the most part
I love when you try to sound smart and then butcher the simple shit.
I think the key is don't take it too seriously either way. It's a decent guideline for the quality of beers and it's a fun way to keep up with fellow alchies' adventures.
Speaking of which, I've still got a ton of beers to check in from a recent share. Always dread that, but I like keeping a record of what I liked/didn't like so it's a constant conundrum.
I'm in Des Moines, IA. There's an awesome beer bar a block away from my hotel, El Bait Shop.
262 beers on the list! WTF?!?!?! Its been a long while since I've been overwhelmed by a beer list