Reader: Denver IPAs are like hipster water

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When Trinity Brewing founder Jason Yester created the recipe for Red Swingline, a hoppy IPA that is also cheek-puckeringly sour, his goal was to make something "signature American." But in doing so, he may have helped to pioneer a style that beer drinkers in the rest of the country will eventually associate specifically with Colorado. And at least one reader is very sour on that idea...

See also: Is Red Swingline Colorado's defining beer? Trinity Brewing will release six versions in July

Says Jennifer:

What the actual f_ck is with all the IPAs in Denver brewing? I don't get it. It's like hipster water. Ick, ick, and more ick. Give me a nice stout, something hearty, not bitter crap that tastes like old pond water.
As Colorado Craft Beer Week draws to a close, it's time to spill your favorite brews. What do you think of IPAs? What do you think is the best beer in town?

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"Give me a nice stout, something hearty, not bitter crap that tastes like old pond water"

Give me beer drinkers who don't  think their unique personal taste is some kind of universal truth. There's a REASON why IPA is popular: lots of people like it. 

And ripping on hipsters is so 2013.


It seems Jennifer has fallen into the trap of confusing "hipsters" with "people." Common mistake.

While I don't care much for the IPA craze myself, it seems just as silly to only drink stouts and porters. Jenny seems to be fairly new to this brewing world. In the fullness of time, she will discover the beers that are neither IPA nor stout and all will be right with the world.


There is no dearth of fine stouts and porters in this city. In fact there is an entire month dedicated to them. If you don't like IPA's, don't drink them, it's as simple as that. You can't fault brewers for brewing what is trendy, they need to make money too.


Well, this person is clearly confused. Denver is actually infatuated with wild and sour ales, and also saisons. I would hesitate to label IPA as the choice drink of the "hipster". Hipsters drink PBR, that's never gonna change. Currently IPA's are usually brewed in the west coast fashion, where the hop additions are made late in the boil, rather than early on. Doing so, reduces bitterness and adds a depth of flavor and aroma. My girlfriend turned me on to IPA's, actually double and triple IPA's are her drink of choice. Beautiful malt beverages full of dank, piney, citrusy flavor and aroma. We like to think we fit in with a young, hip, trendy type of crowd. But you think we are "Hipsters". Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that's why Denver offers so many different beer styles. You should try a new one.

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