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Don't just chug it!-beer tasting tips
Very often I will hear how much someone loves beer only to be followed with how many or how fasts they can drink. Beer can bring much to the table. With the many styles and flavors the possibilities are almost endless. Now I'm not saying that a beer has to be incredibly complex to be great. Simplicity can be wonderful. Take for example Doric columns; they are Beautiful in their simplicity. While Corinthian columns, contain beauty in the complexity. Both are beautiful, both are different. Beer can be much the same way.
Give It your all
We have 5 senses so let's use them all, not just our tongue. Touch, Smell, Sight, Taste, and yes hearing can all be used to evaluate a beer. So here are somebeer tasting tips.
As you grab the glass you will first FEEL the temperature, and temperature can change flavor. If the beer is too cold it could numb your taste buds and make you think something tastes better than it really is.(Deceiving mountains that turn blue) If the beer is too warm the carbonation will quickly go flat. In general you want to enjoy a Lager in the low 50s and an ale in the low 60s.
Our sense of smell in responsible for about 80% of what we taste. It is very difficult to smell anything in a bottle or a can. Pour into a glass and give it a gentle swirl to increase the surface area the beer covers. Allowing for a better sniff. What do you smell? If it's more floral, grassy, or citrusy chances are it's due to the hop tones in the beer. Coffee, caramel, chocolate, or toasty it's probably the malts. Even bad smells such as cat pee, a hospital, or sweat can end up being good things.
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Yet another reason to pour your beer in a glass. Look at the color; is it golden, red, black, or brown? Clarity can show you whether it is filtered or not. If you see chunks in your beer there's a good chance it's gone bad(or it's backwash from a thirsty friend) Some beers have been carbonated naturally in the bottle with yeast. This will leave a bit of the yeast in a film settled on the bottom. Though it won't kill you, I suggest separating this when pouring.
Arguably the most obvious sense we would use. Sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and acidic. Our tongue can pull these flavors more clearly on different sections. Sweetness on the tip. Bitterness in the back. Sour/acidic on the sides. Salty just below the sour area and above the sweet spot. Even with the beer in your mouth the smell is still in the drivers seat of the flavor realm. Helping you to identify and detect subtle nuances.
Not to be left out of the party hearing can play it's role as well. Put your ear up to the glass and listen to your beer. Hear the fizzing; this will let you know the beer is well carbonated. If the beer is quietlow or no carbonation. Beyond this listening to your beer won't do much but perhaps creep people out that may be watching you (try whispering back for an added bonus)
In the end
When you try new things your mind thinks back to a similar flavor experience. The more beers you try the larger your flavor library will become. So getting away from your go to beer isn't always a bad thing.
Hope you enjoyed reading this. I ought to mention that it had been suggested by Evan at ModDish. always love ideas and opinions.
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Posted in Entertainment Post Date 08/10/2015