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Old 04-05-2008, 02:38 AM   #1
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Aug 2007
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Tonight, I drank a bottle of my homebrew APA (excellent) and then the next beer i drank was a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Now, i'm not saying MY APA is better than Sierra Nevada (it is ) but the Sierra Nevada tasted pretty bland after drinking my beer. The question is why? I am guessing that my APA is more bitter and thus dulls my mouth to less bitter beers making the Sierra taste not nearly as good as it should. Anyone have a theory of the situation? Does drinking a high IBU brew prior to a lesser IBU ruin the taste of the lower IBU brew?

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Old 04-05-2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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Right, any intense flavor tends to numb (and eventually kill) taste receptors. On the other hand, contrary to what we all learned in grade school, taste buds are mixed over the tongue's surface, not concentrated in separate areas.

The gripping hand: taste receptors will regenerate.
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:01 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by david_42
taste buds are mixed over the tongue's surface, not concentrated in separate areas.

Care to clarify?
Primary - Bluebird Bitter, Negra Modelo
Secondary - Flanders Red
Drinking - Independence Pale Ale V1.0, Trappist Style Dubbel, Dunkelweizen, Saison, Fat Tire, SNPA
Conditioning - Chimay Red, Imperial American Pale Ale, Independence Pale Ale V2.0, Belgian Wit
Kegged - Bluebird Bitter

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