Sunday, 22 November 2009

The ABV doesn't lie

As I mentioned before, it's become unfashionable among brewers to give beers names which give drinkers a chance of figuring out what they taste like.

But I have hit upon a cunning strategy to thwart their nefarious naming schemes.

At the last beer festival I attended, the same numbers kept appearing over and over again: 3.2%, 3.8%, 4.2%. I realised that these are the secret style indicators.

3.2% is usually a dark, refreshing mild.

3.8% can range from very pale to brown and will be intensely bitter if you're lucky.

4.2% is generally a horrible overly sweet mid-brown mess full of toffee.

There's something to be said for second-rate micros all making the same three beers after all.

2 comments:

  1. Perhaps it is time to be honest and accept that many of the 700 micros actually brew dull, generic beer and aren't in any way standard-bearers of quality and innovation.

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