How You Drink Your Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beertsipper, Nov 5, 2012.

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  1. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Does it have any impact on your ratings and your overall impression of a beer? For instance, I had a couple of DFH 90's yesterday. Took my time with them. Sipped and relished them. The flavor changed with the warming of the temperature. Last time I had this beer, I drank them rather quickly and couldn't savor (or appreciate) the many flavor profiles... But they were more refreshing. Downed them on a hot summer day after softball. Today I had my last KBS and drank it quickly. Not as tasty as my previous KBS where I took about 35 minutes to drink it. Are ratings here skewed?? This is why I don't rate beers. Makes no sense to me. I think it depends upon when you drink them. After a heavy meal? Your rating might be skewed. After sweating your butt off... You rating might be skewed. Etc., etc.,...Feel me on this???
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  2. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (137) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
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    Person variation > bottle variation IMO. But it's pretty hard to determine when you think about it.
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  3. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Yes it has an effect, but it's inevitable. And considering all the people reviewing a given beer under a countless array of circumstances, I think this effect is mostly negated. What you end up with is an aggregate rating/description of the beer.
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  4. headbucket

    headbucket Aspirant (267) Oct 30, 2007 Ohio

    With my mouth, when i feel like it.

    No but seriously i let it warm up and take my time if reviewing otherwise i drink as i see fit to satisfy my thirst that day.
  5. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I had a Bell's Hell Hath No Fury and didn't even like it until the last 25% of the glass.
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  6. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I drink my beer at night, in a Duvel tulip and don't eat anything with it. I'm not a big fan of mixing food and beer.
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  7. WoodburyMN

    WoodburyMN Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2012 Indiana

    After dinner beer sesh.
  8. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,156) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Is my damn business! :stuck_out_tongue:
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  9. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (271) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    i like my beer to warm up a bit for the flavors to come out more, if its a stout or porter i like it almost room temp. I never go through a beer fast then make a rating on it, thats just not fair to the beer...CHEERS
  10. mcbeerbrew

    mcbeerbrew Initiate (91) Feb 9, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Most beer usually from a stout tulip.

    If it's a whalezbro, markintihar it right from the bottle.

    If it's a shitty beer, I funnel it straight to the dome.
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  11. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Disciple (356) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey

    I drink them all day long and usually from a glass. A special beer or a first time try,I would prepare for it. I need to focus and concentrate on the first impression.
  12. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,805) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    One sip at a time.
  13. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Thanks for this reply. Makes total sense...
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  14. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Wait, I just had dinner with Markintihar and Ehammond1. I thought markintiharing is a WhalesBro alone in CBS snifter filled to the brim? Am I doing it wrong?

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  15. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (271) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    no problem man, dont be afraid to rate the beers you drink, not everyone is going to agree with your rating anyways. I also take in account the styles i dont like, for example im not into belgians yet,so i dont give them a 2 cuz i dont like the style, i rate them as far as the ones i had and i also look at the ratings before hand and read some of the reviews from big belgian fans....hope this helps too....CHEERS
  16. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    If I'm sipping it slowly that means it doesn't taste good enough to quaff
  17. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I drink my beers with gusto.
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  18. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Don't believe what you hear from the outside world. You just had dinner with the MarkIntihar himself!
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  19. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Yeah (Chest puffing out) I had dinner with Markintihar!!! F YEAH!!!

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  20. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    I never rate beer with food. Far too many variables with spices, being full and stuff. I only rate when I have time to kill to really apprieciate and observe the beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed... at least by me. I probably spend more time sniffing, swirling the glass and rolling the beer around in my mouth to pick up all the nuances and develop memories of other experiences/flavors/tastes so that I can fully describe what I'm enjoy (or not enjoying). I generally wont review more than two BIG beers in a night either.
  21. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    In a glass, and like Mr. Thick, never with food when I'm evaluating the stuff. I gotta have a glass, and I like to start it cold, the glass I mean, and then let the tasting travel through a range of temperatures as it warms up. And, I want a glass I can plunge my nose into...that being the most critical part.
  22. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    If the brewer recommends drinking it at a certain temp I take their word for it and will do my best to try it at that temp for my first sip ( mostly if I'm trying a beer for the first time). After that I'm familiar with the taste I am more likely to just drink it straight out of the fridge maybe letting it rest for a few minutes. But if your not trying to discover and subtle nuances in the flavor just go with your personal preference. I always remind myself

    Its easier and takes less time to wait for a chilled beer to warm up then it is to cool it down again because it wasn't chilled enough. (In general) unless you pouring room temp beers in alaska then taking it outside lol
  23. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,262) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    If I'm in a situation that I know I will be rushed/socializing/drinking out of a frosted glass/what have you, I will just note that I need to re-review this beer.

    I take my time when reviewing the beer, and will note what flavors change as the beer warms/is exposed to air longer.
  24. Trentsteel

    Trentsteel Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    Sometimes I like to beer bong my whales. If not, play beer pong with it.
  25. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,262) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    You'd be crazy if you didn't
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  26. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (240) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Depends on the style for me. I'll sip a stout, pound a bitter, crush a Helles and gradually consume an IPA/DIPA.
  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I drink my beers in an isolation chamber.
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  28. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Bucket or funnel. Whichever is close by...
  29. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Ratings? We don't need your stinkin' ratings.
  30. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Ratings and ranking aren't nearly as important as everyone gives them credit for.
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  31. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I normally use my mouth, but snorting it isnt out of the question.
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  32. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,261) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I always make sure I have the proper type of glass for the style of beer. If it's a beer I've never tried before, I make sure I have a clean pallet. I then take my time smelling and looking at it through light before I start drinking it to examine the complexities and different flavor notes. If I have had it before, then I'll experiment with pairing it with food.
  33. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Does the human condition affect the human perspective? Hopefully.
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  34. RyanBeer13

    RyanBeer13 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Virginia

    2 @ a time
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  35. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Pretty much. I've reviewed one beer... Then I realized no one really cares what I think of a beer, so I stopped :grinning:

    No disrespect to the folks who have tons of reviews and do so for their own pleasure, I totally get that. It's just not for me
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  36. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Somebody needs a hug
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  37. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Defender (646) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    I only drink beers in my hyperbolic drinking chamber at 280 degrees Kelvin

    I've noticed beers taste different when I'm watching Oprah though.
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  38. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    I just had a Sam Adams Winter Lager. It was great!! Then I had another, and it was just "ok". Then I had a third, and it was about a D+. Feel me on this? You get the picture. Uh, I think...
  39. francisfilion

    francisfilion Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    I drink them straight out the secondary fermentor to make sure I have my IPA's as fresh as possible to give it a fair feel me?
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  40. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (3,500) Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    Solution: only have a beer once :wink:
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