I don’t do beer tastings for I doubt my own judgement and taste buds.
I know what I like and some people seem to think that if I like it then they probably will too.
Myself and BeersManchester have similar tastes, I pay attention to what he likes.
Locally Fez wearer Otto is also a man who knows his stuff.
These guys are “good people” but they also will tell you what is good without the need for extraneous bullshit and unnecessary verbage, well BeersManchester does go on but at least it is with descriptions the mortal people can understand and flavours that limited funds can buy.
Also, as far as I know, they hold know certificates to say just how much they know about beer. Experience counts for a lot in this pastime.
CAMRA doles out certificates for various things in beer, now this isn’t a go at CAMRA at all but of the superfluous nature of certification.
I’ve heard CAMRA bods at the 2016 Manchester Beer & Cider festival say that a Rauchbier “tasted like ashtrays” – now whereas an ashtry isn’t the most complementary of comparisons, if the simile was to suggest it was smoky then that suits what the style of beer is about.
Likewise there were complaints that that some beers (IPAs) were “too hoppy.”
There are those who (and sometimes I can sympathise with them) claim that some modern beers don’t taste like beer and instead just taste like grapefruit – I quote Boak & Bailey as a retort to that opinion.
This beer makes you realise that beers that supposedly taste of grapefruit cos of hops actually don’t. (It is good.) pic.twitter.com/EUAxzwGHkj
— Boak and Bailey (@BoakandBailey) January 25, 2016
Likewise there is a lot of bullshit at the other end of the scale. If you’re masochistic enough to ruin your Sunday by watching Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy fawn over the most average of not only variety acts but also of “experts” then you’ll know what I mean.
Yes, I have tasted nettles, but I have no idea and no memory of what they taste like let alone am I getting any hints that they might be in my beer.
I fully appreciate that some people have highly adapted palates and if a brewer describes what to expect in a beer on either the bottle or in tasting notes then I might see if I can identify them.
But most of the time I think some are doing it for either the sake of bravado or that they are just really, really bored.
In the end, every time I read or hear overly dramatic beer witterings or clueless complaints I get this in my head…
Thanks for reading.