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    What snack makes IPA's taste good?

    A while ago I was doing a beer tasting at Mammoth Brewing where I went thru all their beers along with a little tray of salted pretzels. It made all the subtle flavors and spices in their IPA's come out. I was impressed and bought a few bottles on the spot. When I went back home again and had them, they tasted kinda like "ehh, it tastes like IPA".

    What other snack or light food suggestions do you guys have? If I have a strong IPA with a big and heavy meal, it knocks me out for about 2 hrs.

    What Food Goes Best with IPA? | Serious Eats: Drinks

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    I find another IPA goes great with an IPA.

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    I was going to suggest something moderately spicy like Mexican or Indian food, but it looks like your link has that covered.

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    Check out this food pairing chart, it's a good start for any beer pairing:

    http://www.craftbeer.com/attachments...eerandfood.pdf

    Personally, with an IPA, I like hot wings with excessive blue cheese dressing.

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    This might sound trashy, but I love IPA with a good all beef hot dog, I prefer all beef ballpark, or an all beef fenway frank. I think it has a lot to do with the saltiness.
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    I cannot stand to eat spicy food when drinking good beer. Capsaicin doesn't pair well with delicate hop flavors.

    The Serious Eats article does a pretty good job not pairing IPAs with really spicy food, but I have my doubts about the tongues of the commenters at the bottom of the page. Eating something overly spicy is a pretty bad idea if you actually want to taste anything in your beer other than sweet and bitter flavors.

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    Never tried - Randy Mosher recommends carrot cake with IPA.
    There was a beersmith podcast in whcih he spoke of it....
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    This is weird. I got my bag of pretzels, but it really didn't make the ipa's taste any better. The only other possibility was that it was the vertical tasting.

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    I am getting the impression that you don't like IPA. The best beer should be amazing by itself, and if anything make food taste better, not the other way around IMO.


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    Doesn't mammoths IPA have sage in it? or was that a seasonal?
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    Kettle Chips, Salt and Vinegar go great with IPA's but Gueardonian is right, the beer makes them better not the other way around
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I find another IPA goes great with an IPA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    ...The best beer should be amazing by itself, and if anything make food taste better, not the other way around IMO.
    Are you saying that beer makes food better, but food can't make beer better?
    Pairing goes both ways when done right... Best example I know of is Ninkasi Radiant Red and smoked meat. Both benefit from the pairing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I find another IPA goes great with an IPA.
    Perfect.

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    Miracle Fruit.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/di...avor.html?_r=0

    They are for real! They do exactly as stated (except for a very small percentage who are immune to the effects, I have never met one). Cholula hot sauce has a REALLY complex flavor full of spices you can taste when the spicy part is removed Beer all tastes different as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag View Post
    This is weird. I got my bag of pretzels, but it really didn't make the ipa's taste any better. The only other possibility was that it was the vertical tasting.
    Temperature can have a huge effect, are you drinking the IPA at home ice cold? If beer (or wine) is too cold, much of the flavor is muted.

    I wholeheartedly agree that food and drink pairing benefits BOTH the drink and the food, fwiw.

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    peanuts.

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    Chocolate.

    IPAs, bourbon and chocolate are must-haves for our evening rides.

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    The fifth food group Pizza!

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    OP, did I miss something, or did the tasting come from something other than a bottle? You weren't tasting from a tap were you?

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    Homemade chocolate chip cookies always go well with IPAs.
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    yup, the tasting was from a tap. But I bought the bottled beer from the same room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag View Post
    yup, the tasting was from a tap. But I bought the bottled beer from the same room.
    My guess is the difference between straight from the tap and bottles played a role. However, what you ate earlier in the day can affect your taste buds. Or your body could have been craving salt, which heightened the experience. Lastly, I've had times where I was drinking the most generic of micro brews, and it tasted like the best thing ever. Some days, you just love life a little more.

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    thank you for this great Thread

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    You're welcome. This is indeed a great Thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Lastly, I've had times where I was drinking the most generic of micro brews, and it tasted like the best thing ever. Some days, you just love life a little more.
    I've noticed this effect as well. An IPA tastes pretty good after a hard day of sitting around watching my brother go fly fishing.

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    Pork Scratchings and another pint work well for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag View Post
    I've noticed this effect as well. An IPA tastes pretty good after a hard day of sitting around watching my brother go fly fishing.
    Ha! Your sarcasm is best paired with some Schlitz malt liquor and a bag of pork rinds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianW. View Post
    The fifth food group Pizza!
    my favorite pairing as well

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    Many years ago I visited Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico and mentioned to the guy behind the bar that I always liked Pale Ale better on draft rather than in the bottle. I went on to say that it didn't taste as hoppy on tap. He smiled and told me that the recipe is different for kegs than it is for bottles - the bottle recipe gets more hops. Other brewers may do this as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Side question:
    Doesn't mammoths IPA have sage in it? or was that a seasonal?
    Their 395 IPA had the sage in it if i recall correctly.

    I prefer Pizza or Hamburgers with IPA's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Side question:
    Doesn't mammoths IPA have sage in it? or was that a seasonal?
    IPA 395

    I like to say that it has "local roadside weeds" in it. It is definitely a "distinctive" taste, LOL. Not bad, but kind of noticeable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boognish View Post
    Temperature can have a huge effect, are you drinking the IPA at home ice cold?
    I on purpose let my Racer 5 warm up a bit before drinking it. It did bring out the sweetness more.

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    snack or light food suggestions

    I think you have to try some Indian recipes. Indian recipes are too spicy and put great taste with beer.

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