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Old 10-24-2008, 02:00 AM   #1
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Beer pairings with food are great, but I noticed the order that you drink different beers really affects their flavors. I have recently been doing some experimentation...

What turned me on to this was a while ago I had a beer, don't remember which it was, and then drank a Stone IPA (which I normally love). The Stone tasted like crap! It got me thinking: what beers should not be drank after others?

Tonight I had a Winterhook (yum), followed by a Paulaner Octoberfest, followed by a Hales Mongoose IPA. Great progression! Each brought out the best in the next.

Anyone have any experience, good or bad, with the order of beers you drink?

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:08 AM   #2
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I haven't ever noticed that, but I tend to pick a style, and stick with it through the session.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:13 AM   #3
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When sampling many beer in an evening it's best to go from malty to hoppy in progression. If you drink an IIPA then follow it up with a Southern English Brown (or any other malt focused style), that brown just isn't going to taste right.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:19 AM   #4
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Lot's of other factors can be involved too. I have been having great issue with this lately. Foods you eat, medicines you take, illness etc. can all mess with your tastebuds and olfactory senses. Can make a beer that you normally love downright unpalatable. Plus factor in poorly stored beers or off-batches...


Then there is always the problem of being a supertaster!








Yes, it does take some forethought to properly enjoy multiple beers. Who knew it was such hard work to drink?!

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Old 10-24-2008, 02:49 AM   #5
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I usually like to stick to one beer whenever I drink. However, if I decide to have a couple different ones I tend to have the ones with more hops last since they have a stronger taste and over power the other beers imo.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:13 AM   #6
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The few times I tasted a few brews, I went from low alchy to high. Worked out pretty good.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:21 AM   #7
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Like most above I tend to stick to the brew I start off with. If I start the evening with a stout or a brown I usually stay on the dark side, if I go with a Kolsch or a Golden Ale I stick to the light brew.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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I tend to go malty to hoppy, low abv to high, light to dark. Those types of things. Order of intensity really.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:01 PM   #9
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I agree on the malty to hoppy, but in this case the types of malt used changed the taste of the IPA (last to drink)... pretty interesting!

 
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