Your Style Profile vs America's

Eno Sarris, April 14, 2015

I had another saison this weekend, a unique one that brought my tally to 99 new Saisons since I joined Untappd in January of 2012. It wasn't even that good, but it did register with me -- for being yet another Saison. I know I like Saisons a little more than the average bear, but how much more do I like Saisons? 

The first step was to check out my beer style profile, simply by dividing my counts by the sum of my unique beers. Here are the top styles I've been drinking for the last three years. 

Style Count %
American IPA 149 16.1%
Imperial / Double IPA 109 11.8%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale 99 10.7%
American Pale Ale 63 6.8%
American Wild Ale 50 5.4%
American Imperial / Double Stout 40 4.3%
Sour Ale 21 2.3%
Milk / Sweet Stout 14 1.5%
American Brown Ale 12 1.3%
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale 12 1.3%
Fruit Beer 12 1.3%
American Strong Ale 11 1.2%
Russian Imperial Stout 11 1.2%
American Porter 10 1.1%
Lambic 10 1.1%
Pilsner 10 1.1%
Triple IPA 10 1.1%
Belgian IPA 9 1.0%
Black Lager 9 1.0%
Flanders Red Ale 9 1.0%

I like you, you, and probably you, enjoy my IPAs. No surprises there. And yup, there are my Saisons, checking in as my third-most popular style. Considering that the top two (and the one behind it) are all different versions of pale ales, it looks like my average trip to the beer store nets me a saison and four pale ales, give or take a few beers. That actually tracks fairly well with what happens in my life, which is somewhat remarkable given the fact that this is only tracking unique hits. (I guess I'm a sucker for unique beers.)

So now here are the top beer styles in the database. Again, not many surprises. 

Style UT%
American IPA 12.4%
Imperial / Double IPA 5.9%
American Pale Ale 5.5%
American Imperial / Double Stout 2.4%
American Amber / Red Ale 2.4%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale 2.4%
Witbier 2.1%
Pale Lager 2.0%
American Pale Wheat Ale 1.7%
Fruit Beer 1.6%
Hefeweizen 1.6%
American Porter 1.5%
American Brown Ale 1.5%
Pilsner 1.4%
Stout 1.4%
Belgian Strong Dark Ale 1.3%
Russian Imperial Stout 1.3%
English Pale Ale 1.2%
Oktoberfest / Marzen 1.2%
Porter 1.0%
Milk / Sweet Stout 1.0%
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale 1.0%

I don't track too far from the crowd, although I notice some Belgian styles on this list that I don't dig on (*makes the too sweet face*) and Ambers are just not my thing either. I do wonder if the sours (probably most fruit beers are sours) would've made this list even a year ago. Maybe I'll look into that. 

Now it's time to compare my percentages to the crowd's. 

Style % UT% Me-UT%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale 10.7% 2.4% 8.3%
Imperial / Double IPA 11.8% 5.9% 5.9%
American Wild Ale 5.4% 0.6% 4.8%
American IPA 16.1% 12.4% 3.7%
American Imperial / Double Stout 4.3% 2.4% 1.9%
Sour Ale 2.3% 0.8% 1.5%
American Pale Ale 6.8% 5.5% 1.3%
Triple IPA 1.1% 0.0% 1.1%
Black Lager 1.0% 0.3% 0.7%
Flanders Red Ale 1.0% 0.3% 0.7%
Lambic 1.1% 0.4% 0.7%
Pumpkin / Yam Beer 0.8% 0.2% 0.6%
Imperial / Double Pilsner 0.8% 0.2% 0.6%
Milk / Sweet Stout 1.5% 1.0% 0.5%
Gueuze 0.6% 0.2% 0.4%
Gose 0.6% 0.2% 0.4%

Yup. I like Saisons more than most people. You'll see from my checkins to the Sour Ales, American Wild Ales, Flanders Red, Lambic, and Gueuze styles that I like sours a lot. But we knew that yesterday when I shrugged off an outlandishly expensive bad sour. I'm glad to see that my love for Sweet stouts and Black Lagers doesn't go unnoticed by this analysis, but I will point out that I'm just searching for a Pumpkin beer that I will like (Almanac's dark Sour Pumpkin is about the beginning and end of the list), and just because I've tried a few doesn't mean that I like the style. 

Here are the styles I don't like, just for edification. 

Style % UT% Me-UT%
Pale Lager 0.2% 2.0% -1.8%
American Amber / Red Ale 0.9% 2.4% -1.5%
Hefeweizen 0.1% 1.6% -1.5%
Witbier 0.6% 2.1% -1.5%
American Pale Wheat Ale 0.4% 1.7% -1.3%
Stout 0.4% 1.4% -1.0%
Oktoberfest / Marzen 0.3% 1.2% -0.9%
Vienna Lager 0.1% 0.9% -0.8%
English Pale Ale 0.4% 1.2% -0.8%
English Bitter 0.3% 0.9% -0.6%
Belgian Quad 0.1% 0.6% -0.5%
Extra Special / Strong Bitter 0.1% 0.6% -0.5%
American Amber / Red Lager 0.2% 0.7% -0.5%
American Barleywine 0.2% 0.7% -0.5%
Golden Ale 0.2% 0.7% -0.5%

Well, I'll drink a pale lager, sure, but I would rather something with a bit more taste, especially these days -- two toddlers at home means I'd rather have one tasty beer than ten somewhat tasty beers. The rest of the list pretty much nails the styles I don't like. I mean, I like Stouts, but I think I just end up with Double / Imperial Stouts more often if I'm going to go that route. But the English / Belgian corner of the bar is not where I'm ending up, and Ambers are just not my thing. I said that already, but here's statistical proof, if I needed it.

So, what does your top five look like? You don't have to go through all the styles, if you just take a look at your profile, you'll quickly spot the top beers, and UT helpfully sums up your overall number of uniques. Post your top five in the comments and maybe we'll start spotting some common style profiles.