I'm writing this from my personal observations of whale hunters, those beer drinkers whom compulsively look for the next big beer to chase down and capture like a prized whale, a pokemon, or whatever analogy have you. In my experience with such individuals, the tasting or conversation never remains about the current drinking beer for more than 20 seconds before a comparison is brought up in topic and a one-up-man game is brought on in a hurry. This usually follows suit with hurrying through beers and talking about what ISO beer they have on their minds.. and if you bring up Sierra Nevada Celebration or Anchor Porter, you get the dumbfound look of "wtf, did you just start drinking yesterday?". I am writing to see if others have noticed this behavioral pattern as well. I understand the term, beer snob, but, as a medical professional, the behavior is more in line with a fiend in search of their next rush than a beer collector or drinker. I may be naive in saying, there is a stark difference between a beer lover and the aforementioned individual I described.. or is there? Perhaps my experiences and/or perceptions are abnormal, but it has increasingly boggled my mind in recent times. Any similar observations?