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Old 01-20-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default Do you consider the order of drinking?

I began the night with a sweet water happy ending, then a gueze, and then a kolsh. The sour dominated my palate, and it was very difficult to discern those nuances characteristic of a kolsh. It was really disappointing. I wasn't able to appropriately enjoy it. I've never really planned the order of my beers, but today I was forced to reconsider. Does anyone take this into consideration? Do big beers dominate future drinks for you?

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Old 01-20-2012, 02:04 AM   #2
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Big drinks do dominate for me. If I plan on having several different beers, I try to order them by intensity. I start with the lighter and lower ABV beers and work my way up to darker more intense beers.

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Old 01-20-2012, 02:08 AM   #3
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Big drinks do dominate for me. If I plan on having several different beers, I try to order them by intensity. I start with the lighter and lower ABV beers and work my way up to darker more intense beers.
I do this too! If you start with a stout and end with an amber it just don't work!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:30 AM   #4
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I try to start with a lighter beer especially when eating as the bigger beers tend to fill me up and ruin my palette for the others I might try... Sometimes I lose track of dinner and the beer menu consumes me and I get that big beer that looks tasty!!

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Old 01-20-2012, 02:33 AM   #5
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Big drinks do dominate for me. If I plan on having several different beers, I try to order them by intensity. I start with the lighter and lower ABV beers and work my way up to darker more intense beers.
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I do this too! If you start with a stout and end with an amber it just don't work!
Yep, I do too. You gotta appreciate the flavors of all the beers you drink!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:34 AM   #6
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I've been doing it wrong. I've always started with the bigger more flavorable beers.

When I do that, I can usually taste what's not in the lighter beers.

hmm. Maybe I'll try it the opposite way.

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Old 01-20-2012, 04:39 AM   #7
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I always try to plan my consumption according to its affect on my palette (light lower ibu beers first), but as they say... the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry


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I mainly watch IBUs, starting with the lowest. A really hoppy beer will make anything less hoppy taste very bland. I guess I'd bump a really intense stout further up the line too, especially if it was one of the coffee/bourbon/smoke/vanilla type concoctions.

This is actually one reason I tend to not do taster trays. 3 or 4 ounces of a bunch of beers just tends to confuse me and my palate. If I want to try a few, sometimes I'll order glasses (12oz) rather than pints, if that's an option.

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Nope, I start with the most appealing beer on the menu and work from there.

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Old 01-20-2012, 05:33 AM   #10
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Yes I always think about it. If I start out drinking IIPA it's going to be pretty hard to taste that witbier afterwards.

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