- Light beers first
- Less hoppy or roasty beers first
- Have an idea of what to expect (ask brewery to describe beer)
- Concentrate when tasting, then discuss
- Take breaks
- Don’t drink too much; dump excess
1. Aroma – Experience the Aroma.
- Many aromas escape rapidly.
- Take short little sniffs (don’t try too hard).
- Swirl your glass to revive aromas.
- What does the aroma remind you of?
- Try to tease out single scents.
- Come back to it.
2. Appearance – Examine Clarity, Carbonation and the Beer Head.
3. Flavor – Enjoy a Taste!
- Taste is by far the most subjective and important factor when evaluating a beer.
- Take special notice of the orchestration of balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness:
- Hop Bitterness
- Flowery (roses, geraniums)
- Malt Sweetness
Finally … note the overall beer body, texture, finish and aftertaste.