How to taste beer like a pro
Updated: Feb 22, 2022
Just because beer is easy to drink, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate it’s complexities. Have you ever wondered how your beer can delight your senses? Or why beer has different smells? You can answer all of these questions by learning how to taste beer like a pro! Pro beer tasters do more than simply drink beer. They savor its flavors and seek to discover the qualities that make beer unique.
Beer has a number of key ingredients that give beer its flavor. These include malt, yeast, and hops. Depending on the combination of these ingredients beer can have a wide range of flavor profiles from sweet to bitter. Different beer styles will have varying levels of each ingredient which gives them their unique taste. For example, porters typically have chocolate or coffee-like flavor due to the malt, while IPAs are bitter because of the hops.
Breweries in Nevada are always looking for new and interesting ways to taste their beer. That’s why they offer beer tastings, so you can experience the many flavors that make up their beers. A lot of people think that all beer tastes the same, but this could not be further from the truth. Beer has a vast range of flavors, aromas, and textures that will delight your taste buds!
So how do you taste beer like a pro? The first step is to pour the beer into a clean glass, a tulip glass is ideal for capturing the aromas of a beer. You can also use a flute or pilsner.
Once the beer is poured, have a look at the color. Is it golden yellow or darker brown? This can give you clues as to what grains were used to brew it and how ripe the hops were. If it’s an unfiltered or bottle-conditioned beer, you may see yeast particles in your glass.
Next, take a whiff of the aroma. What do you smell? Citrus? Pine? Malty? Floral? There are a number of different aromas that you can smell in beer, and each one will tell you something about the beer. For example, a citrusy aroma might suggest that the beer is brewed with Cascade hops, while a piney aroma might suggest that the beer is brewed with Chinook hops. All of these aromas will give you an idea of what the beer tastes like. Close your eyes and breathe through your nose while you sniff, this will help you detect more aromas than if you were just to sniff with your eyes open!
The next step is to take a sip of the beer, close your eyes, and think about the flavors. Are they sweet? Bitter? Do fruit flavors come to mind? Some beers may have fruity flavors like apple, pear, peach, or banana. As you hold the beer in your mouth, try to identify all of the flavors and sensations you are experiencing. The mix of tastes creates a flavor profile that is unique to every beer, while the aftertaste gives you some idea of how long that flavor will last. The more you taste beers in this manner, the better your beer palate becomes at distinguishing flavors. Don’t forget to note the texture of the beer. Is it heavy? Light-bodied?
Now that you know how to taste beer like a pro, it’s time to go out and explore the many different flavors that Craft Breweries have to offer, we are the best place to learn about the beer tasting scene in Las Vegas. There’s something for everyone, so find your favorite style and taste away!
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