One of my local liquor stores, Julio's in Westborough, MA, had their Fall Beer fest on Sunday. reveilles graciously agreed to come with me and drive back so I could taste beers. They had representatives from over 40 different breweries there and I tasted about 13 different beers.
Prior to Sunday, I have never tasted an IPA that I've liked; I've always found them too bitter. Dogfish Head was there and had their 60 Minute IPA available for tasting. Since I've heard good things about this beer, I decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised. The beer was hoppy, but the bitterness was not overwhelming. I ended up buying a bottle to take home. Since I liked the 60 Minute IPA, I also tried their 90 Minute IPA. This was a more flavorful beer, but it still wasn't as bitter as I expected for an IPA. I think I'll probably buy a bottle of the 90 in the future when I want a more interesting beer to drink. I'll have to find a bottle of the 120 Minute IPA to try in the future.
I also tried both beers that Founder's Brewing Company was pouring. The Devil Dancer, a triple IPA, was overwhelming; it was simply too strong for my tastes. On the other hand, their Blushing Monk, an ale flavored with raspberries, was superb. I have somewhat high standards when it comes to fruit beers. If a beer contains fruit, I like tasting the fruit flavor while drinking the beer. The Blushing Monk tasted very strongly of raspberries, and had a pleasant tartness too it, unlike the Lindemans Framboise, which is cloyingly sweet. My only complaint is that the beer had one note, raspberries; there wasn't much else to taste. For a raspberry beer, I prefer Founder's Rübæus, but I still bought a bottle of Blushing Monk for the future.
I tried two beers that Brewery Ommegang was pouring. The first was their Rare Vos, an amber ale, which I enjoyed. I bought a bottle of this. I also tried their Ommegeddon, an ale fermented with wild yeast. The use of wild yeast gave the beer an interesting taste, though the strongest taste to me was citrus. I bought two bottles of this, one of which I plan to save for a year since I was told that the taste of this beer changes with age.