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From: korz@ihlpl.att.com
Subject: ale vs. lager
Date: 1992-04-01 21:18:00 GMT

Although anyone who saw my original post would not be confused, I
don't like being misquoted. Jack writes:

>korz@ihlpl.att.com
>
> >Personally, I'm not sure if I could tell the difference in a blind tasting
> of Ales versus Lagers. I'm also not sure if many "experts" could.....I don't
> think even Michael Jackson would be able to tell if it was a Lager or an Ale
> in a blind tasting.

The missing text "...." specifically mentions Samuel Adams (whose Lager and
Ale are both very highly dryhopped) as a *specific* example which would be
difficult to identify as lager or ale by MJ, due to the high hop nose.

> Thank you. Just for a refreser, although this thread...

> The only reasonable answer I picked out of the mess was that refrigerating
> the process makes it less likely that something will go wrong or change. The
> rest is pure hype.

That and the fact that the industrial brewers appear to go to great lengths
to avoid the introduction of flavor in their products. Witness Eckhardt's
book that gives the IBU for 1986 Budweiser and (I guess) 1989 Budweiser.
A-B lowered it to 12 IBU, which according to Eckhardt, is *at* the threshold
of human sensitivity to hop bitterness! At this rate they'll be bottling
seltzer water by the year 2000 :^).

Al.

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