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Pouring technique

I have been reading through all the threads here and have seen lots of great info on brewing but not much on enjoying. A good friend of mine was a bartender and always poured beer straight up and down and explained it helped enhance the flavour, this was for domestics. The more complex beers he used the 45 deg method and this is how i’ve been pouring since i’ve started drinking better beer, however recently i came across some real hoppy beer and had a hard time drinking it because the hops over powered the beer with bitterness. After some thought i decided to try pouring straight and found it really broke through the bitterness and allowed the beer to come through.

Just curious what you all have exsperienced? cheers

So “pouring straight” means you’re allowing the beer to foam up? I’d guess that the CO2 leaving is taking away some of the hop aroma and also making the beer a little less carbed, which will make the beer seem less bitter on the tongue.

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