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Unusual beer head.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by whiskey, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. whiskey

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    So poured a couple Celebration ales for the wife and I. One has a completely normal head, the other quite large and oddly shaped, didn't think much of it.

    Poured a second round and the same thing happened. Here's a pic of the weird head after a few sips:

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    Both were fresh out of the dishwasher...soap in the glass? Would there be that much left to affect a second glass? There was no soapy taste. Should I call Mulder and Scully?

    I'll give these glasses a good rinse before the next pour and report back...
     
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  2. lucas1801

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    Clumpy heads happen no problem just drink up.
     
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  3. ThisWangsChung

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    That right there is a sign of a healthy hop profile ;)
     
  4. cavedave

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    That there is the head I look for on every Celebration. If you don't get a head like that check to make sure your glasses aren't soapy.
     
  5. Blueribbon666

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    Honestly, I hate head on beer anything over 2 fingers and I'm already drinking something else. You're slowing me down chiefo_O
     
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    I've had that on many a celebration - cheers, celebrate!
     
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    Celebration looks like that every time I pour it.
     
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    Normal looking head to me..
    Sometimes you can pour a full bottle in a pint glass no problem.
    Other times 3/4s full and shes a gusher baby.
    That is when you get a head resembling that pic.
     
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    Hand wash those beer glasses with hot water. I once read a perfect quote but don't recall who said it...
    A glass can touch either beer or soap... never both.
     
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    Doesn't appear to be a problem to me, looks like every other pour of Celebration to me. Soup residue would probably kill the head, not make it beautiful like that.
    Drink up, cheers!
     
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    Maybe it depends on whats normal for the type of beer. I once drank a Duvel with a head like that, and it seriously made me ill.
     
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    Been there done that..... "The cotton candy effect"... We are gonna need a beer genius here!!
     
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    I wouldn't say that looks perfectly normal to me. Maybe some coagulated proteins caused by a flash of extreme heat or an extended period of moderately high temperatures. It's more common than it should be. It's probably just fine, but it makes for an awkwardly curdled head that sort of rubs me the wrong way.
     
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    Hell, just eat it with a spoon! Think of it like a float.
     
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  15. whiskey

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    Sorry I never came back with more pics...something made me lose focus.
     
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    Said no one ever.
     
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    You'd love Orval/Rayon Vert!
     
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