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Using Beer Burp to Help Judge a Beer?

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Noelle Green • Danby, Vermont asks,
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Have you ever heard of using a burp to help evaluate beer? I’ve never heard of it before, but I find there are all kinds of interesting characteristics that can be found if my nasal cavity gets a second pass at the beer aromas . . . most notably in big, hoppy IPAs, this is my best tool to assess diacetyl lurking below all the hop oils. Not like I’m purposefully doing this with every beer . . . it’s just when it occurs spontaneously. but I’ve been doing this for years to find hidden characteristics and flaws in beer. Just me?

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This just goes to show that learning never stops. I can state with conviction that I have never heard or read about this method in decent circles. But I am choosing to
Response by Ashton Lewis.