In order to truly appreciate all a craft beer has to offer you will need to do more than just toss back your favorite.
Here are the five steps you should take to get the most out of your beer
…and while you’re at it, try something new as well. It just might surprise you!
After having your beer poured into the proper glass, take a good look at the color and appearance. What do you see? The color? Is it clear, dark, cloudy?
2. SWIRL & SMELL
Swirl your beer gently. This agitates it and with stir up some foam. Just like wine tasting, get your nose in the glass and inhale deeply. What do you smell? Is it fruity, sweet, or hoppy? Can you detect any other scents such as pine, passionfruit, or spice? Getting a good whiff of your beer before you drink it will bring the flavors out when you taste it.
When you finally take a sip of your beer breathe through your mouth as you would when wine tasting. This will bring about a potency to the flavors.
4. SWISH & SAVOR
So now with that sip in your mouth, move the beer around. (It’s easier to do this at home with friends that out at a tap room…people may not want to sit next to you! Ha! Ha!) How does it feel on your tongue? Is it heavy, thick, watery? You may pick up a variety of tastes…a good beer will have a variety of tastes that you will pick out.
No, we don’t spit our beer out as we would a wine…well I never spit my wine out either… but beer must be swallowed appreciated. you will detect bitter flavors as the beer reaches the back of your tongue.
As I stated in #4, you don’t have to do this every time you drink a beer, but practice makes perfect. Plus it’s fun to understand the subtle…and not so subtle nuances of the different beers you try.
Cheers, and happy tasting!
To learn even more try these beer tasting games to train your palate from CraftBeer