Beer Tasting Tips

You definitely don’t have to be a beer aficionado to enjoy a cold, frothy mug of golden ale. Beer is an unassuming drink, and truly a beverage for the masses. There are many ways for the average Joe and Jane to learn to appreciate the complex nature of beer, but many avid beer fanatics would tell you the more beer you taste, the better. The best way to peak your palate is to dive in and enjoy.

When learning to appreciate a good brew, it’s important to have a clean palate. Always have water and crackers handy for this reason. Also, make sure that you have a fresh, clean glass for each new drink so that you do not get your tastes confused. Cleansing your palate is crucial since the many ingredients can become confusing, and overwhelming on your taste buds.
The first thing most people notice about beer is color. Most of the brands have a golden-hue, but many imported beers from Europe have a darker brown color with more head than the average American brew. The types of hops added into the beer can have an impact on color as well. Whether your preference is light or dark, give them all a try. Many people find that they actually prefer a strong beer once they become acquainted with the appearance and aromas.
The smell of a cold, crisp brew is something beer lovers savor. You don’t need to be a bartender to learn to appreciate the heady smell of beer. Take a deep, long breath and slowly breathe in the scent. The average taster will soon notice many different aromas. Hops are added to beer to offset the sweetness of malt, one of the main ingredients in beer. This has an impact on the aroma. Hops do come from a flowering plant, and this scent helps add depth to beer. There are many different hops used in a variety of beer, so not all brews will smell exactly the same.
Texture is also something to notice when learning to taste and appreciate a good brew. American beer is served cold, while most European brands are served at room temperature. Try to notice the temperature as well as the texture, they work together to create a unique sensation. Also, pay attention to the frothy head. Let it sit on your tongue for just a moment. Unlike wine tasting, there is no need to spit out your beer. Go right ahead and enjoy each sip as you taste.
Learning to appreciate beer is an art that anyone can achieve. It takes a person who is willing to experiment with new scents, tastes, and textures to learn that there is more variety to beer than meets the eye. Not all beer is the same, nor is each taster. Learn what it is that you, the drinker enjoys, and you will always be satisfied with your ale of choice.