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Too many milkshakes

Postby midlife crisis » Thu May 30, 2019 9:27 am

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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby cratez » Thu May 30, 2019 9:48 am

I have definitely had "enough" of this style, and wouldn't be mad if I never drank another Milkshake IPA again. But you will continue to see more of them because it's a way for brewers to attract people (the beer curious?) who don't actually like IPAs. I can't tell you how many Bud Light drinkers I know who love the milkshake style.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby midlife crisis » Thu May 30, 2019 10:08 am

Agreed, though I have enjoyed a few of them, notably the Bellwoods tangerine one last year, which was awesome. At the other end of the spectrum, the new Lake of Bays peach one is close to undrinkable, IMO (and I'm not one to pile on Lake of Bays for everything they do).
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby BeerIsGood » Thu May 30, 2019 11:07 am

I have tried a few for novelty purposes, but owing to my genuine love of traditional IPA’s and DIPA’s, there is no need for milkshakes to become anywhere near a regular thing for me. I suspect this fad will continue filtering up to the mainstream beer consumer long after more hardcore craft drinkers have grown tired of it.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby midlife crisis » Thu May 30, 2019 11:49 am

Yeah, but Moosehead's version is sure to be awesome :roll:
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby beerstodiscover » Thu May 30, 2019 1:02 pm

I liked the novelty when the first wave of Bellwoods Milksharks came out, but they are just too sweet and non-beery. They started to linger in my fridge until I would pawn them off on friends.

Overall I've always disliked lactose beers of all stripes (few exceptions). I'm also lactose intolerant so it works out well.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby northyorksammy » Thu May 30, 2019 2:42 pm

beerstodiscover wrote:I liked the novelty when the first wave of Bellwoods Milksharks came out, but they are just too sweet and non-beery.

Overall I've always disliked lactose beers of all stripes (few exceptions). I'm also lactose intolerant so it works out well.


Surprising how many people are lactose intolerant - which is our immune system rejecting what is not healthy for us.
I notice more use of vanilla in the place of lactose
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby Napalm Frog » Thu May 30, 2019 3:01 pm

northyorksammy wrote:
beerstodiscover wrote:I liked the novelty when the first wave of Bellwoods Milksharks came out, but they are just too sweet and non-beery.

Overall I've always disliked lactose beers of all stripes (few exceptions). I'm also lactose intolerant so it works out well.


Surprising how many people are lactose intolerant - which is our immune system rejecting what is not healthy for us.
I notice more use of vanilla in the place of lactose


Blood Brothers does some awesome creamy fruited vanilla nitro brews that are taste/texturally very similar to milkshake beers, but no lactose. Hints are at another one dropping this weekend.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby beerstodiscover » Thu May 30, 2019 6:33 pm

Napalm Frog wrote:Blood Brothers does some awesome creamy fruited vanilla nitro brews that are taste/texturally very similar to milkshake beers, but no lactose. Hints are at another one dropping this weekend.


Yup had this one and it's much more what I would like from a non-stout dessert beer. Very unique. And I don't know it's canned as nitro with no widget.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby Napalm Frog » Fri May 31, 2019 7:31 am

beerstodiscover wrote:
Napalm Frog wrote:Blood Brothers does some awesome creamy fruited vanilla nitro brews that are taste/texturally very similar to milkshake beers, but no lactose. Hints are at another one dropping this weekend.


Yup had this one and it's much more what I would like from a non-stout dessert beer. Very unique. And I don't know it's canned as nitro with no widget.


It is canned as Nitro, no widget, so it needs a vigorous shake before opening. Will be honest, I was terrified doing that before opening the first can.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby lister » Fri May 31, 2019 9:49 am

I like 'em so no it hasn't gone too far.

If you don't like them then don't drink them. Applies to any style.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby midlife crisis » Fri May 31, 2019 10:55 am

lister wrote:I like 'em so no it hasn't gone too far.

If you don't like them then don't drink them. Applies to any style.


I like them too, when they're good. Can you name some that you've liked that I might check out? (other than Milkshark, which was excellent)

Last few I've tried have been disappointing to awful.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby Tapsucker » Fri May 31, 2019 6:59 pm

My choice words are...the idea that it's "too many" is when it crowds out other stuff.

No, I don't like this style. It's up there with flavored coffee. Why not just make a good coffee instead of dumping some syrup in there? But hey, there are people that like this, so let them have the choice. Choice is good, we have more than just Budweiser to drink at most bars now. Choice, celebrate!

Where I draw the line and the term "too many" comes in is when something crowds out other options. Most bars I go to have too many IPAs. I don't complain because I like IPAs, but I also think it would be good for some taps to be available with more varieties (choice). I' have complained about seeing too many taps being lost to sours, because of course I don't like that style. Are there"'too many"' of these novelty beers? Probably not, but it could end up this way due to the herd mentality of so many brewers.

The only other thing I would add is when "too many" brewers chase a fad, they neglect the other things they can be brewing and this could also limit our choice.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby Tapsucker » Fri May 31, 2019 7:01 pm

midlife crisis wrote:Yeah, but Moosehead's version is sure to be awesome :roll:


If this 'summer' ever warms up, I'll be sure to seek out their light lime version.
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Re: Too many milkshakes

Postby Napalm Frog » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:26 pm

midlife crisis wrote:
lister wrote:I like 'em so no it hasn't gone too far.

If you don't like them then don't drink them. Applies to any style.


I like them too, when they're good. Can you name some that you've liked that I might check out? (other than Milkshark, which was excellent)

Last few I've tried have been disappointing to awful.


For me personally, most of the ones I've had in the GTA are just "OK". Looking at my notes, I've had some killer ones in other provinces and the US, but Milkshark really seems to be the only consistently good local milkshake option.

That being said, Left Field has 'Lolly', a Mango Lassi style milkshake beer that was really good (was a one off for the Gerrard St Bazaar, then turned into a seasonal due to the love for it). Also, Bandit pumps out a lot of milkshake beers. Their quality is all over the place, and my taste doesn't seem to align with the Untappd ratings, but I enjoyed a few. Flying Monkeys Live Transmission is tasty, too.

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