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Old 01-14-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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Default isn't 38 F too cold for serving?

I have noticed with many "finer" beers that serving them slightly warmer than fridge temp (say 45 - 50 F) tends to "open up" a lot of more complex flavors. Especially on heavily hopped IPAs like Sierra Nevada Torpedo, for instance. I have seen several official-looking references insisting that beer be shipped and served at 38 degrees. I can understand storing and shipping colder for preservation, but isn't that too cold for enjoying the full flavors when serving?


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Old 01-14-2011, 05:00 AM   #2
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:14 AM   #3
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:18 AM   #4
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As others have said, I'd also say yes. Cold temps seem to mask a lot of the flavor and aroma in beer.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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Yes, anything warmer will open up and give you truer flavors than when its cold. I just serve all my beers at 40F from my taps and let them naturally warm up a few in the glass. Not everyone likes warmer beer, so I prefer to do it this way to please others who drink from my taps when they come over. A lot easier to warm it up in the glass than to cool it down.
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yeah.

my keezer's set to 42, once it gets poured into a room temp glass it's at 44-45
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Yes, anything warmer will open up and give you truer flavors than when its cold. I just serve all my beers at 40F from my taps and let them naturally warm up a few in the glass. Not everyone likes warmer beer, so I prefer to do it this way to please others who drink from my taps when they come over. A lot easier to warm it up in the glass than to cool it down.
This.

Some beers are better a little colder.

I like to pour cold, and let the aroma and flavor "evolve" as the pint warms. Each sip is a little different.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:39 PM   #8
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What do you all typically do when you are lagering with your keezer? Give your beer a few minutes to warm up once it is exposed to room temperature? Or just drink it cold?
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I also serve at 40 and pour into a room temp glass as well, my friend likes his beers colder, (like 36) I use his Kegerator to do my lagering Then I bring the cornys back to my place to serve them as needed, he has space for 9 cornys, I get 3 spots over there in exchange for his use of my mill.
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What do you all typically do when you are lagering with your keezer? Give your beer a few minutes to warm up once it is exposed to room temperature? Or just drink it cold?
yeah, i just deal with it and let it warm up.


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