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Hold your nose, then sip

Is that your nose?OK, not necessarily something you want to do in public. But both a good way to learn a little more about the beer you are drinking and your own senses.

I was reminded of the value of tasting without first smelling while grinding through an academic paper related to hops (I try to tackle several a day because I have quite a collection). In this case the researchers were evaluating the bitterness intensity of various samples, and panelists wore nose plugs.

No need to do that at home. A simple squeeze will do. Take a sip without the benefit of “olfactory influences,” then one with. Or vice versa. Doesn’t even have to be a hop-heavy beer, although the results can be pretty interesting with a dry-hopped one.

3 Responses to Hold your nose, then sip

  1. okobojicat November 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    I did this while sipping a home brewed German Hef, that was huge on the banana and clove. The beer minus the nose was incredible smooth with more of a mouth feel. After I opened the nose, I could get the bana and clove back, and the mouth feel was thinner, but not at all in a bad way. I wonder if my mouth worked to push the beer back to my throat quicker when I could smell the glass….

  2. Darren November 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    the old eat an onion with a blocked nose trick. Smelling is a huge chunk of tasting

  3. Chris Quinn December 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    I’ve found drinking straight from the bottle gives a similar effect.

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