Taste Buds

So I decided to channel my inner Jigsaw and play a game with my friends. I developed a little “guess the beer game” to play with friends, neighbors, coworker, cats, dogs, xenomorphs etc. This is a fun tasting game to try with your buds (see what I did there?!) I’ll skip my usual long winded intros and just drop this one right in your lap.

Buy 6 individual 12 or 16 oz. bottles at your local liquor store, I like Total Wine because of their insane variety of individual beers. If you do the buying though, you can’t do any tasting because you’ll know the beers and that would defeat the whole purpose of the game! Pour four 3 oz beers (or three 4 oz. pours) for each of your tasters without letting them see it. Now comes the fun part, drinking the beer!

3 points are awarded for guessing the style of the beer

2 points are awarded for getting within 0.5% of the ABV of the beer, or within 10 points of IBU if that information is available

1 point is awarded for getting within 1% of the ABV of the beer, or within 15 points of IBU if that information is available. You can only guess on either IBUs or ABV, so no double dipping here.

5 whopping points are awarded for guessing the brewery correctly. This is the true test of if you really know your stuff so it’s heavily awarded.

Each round is out of 10 points, and there are 6 rounds so the total point value is 60. The person who gets the most points wins.

Here’s a rundown of the inaugural Taste Buds:


Round 1!

Goose Island 4 Star Pilsner

goose 5 star pils

Style: German Pilsner
ABV: 5.1%
Brewer: Goose Island

Crit’s Guesses
Style: Pale Ale – 0 points
ABV: 5.4% – 2 points
Brewer: Ballast Point – 0 points
Total points: 2

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: Lager – 1 point (pilsners are technically lagers so I figured I should give him something)
ABV: 5.5% – 2 points
Brewer: La Cumbre – 0 points
Total Points: 3

Pat’s Guesses
Style: Pilsner – 3 points
ABV: 4.2% – 1 point
Brewer: Sierra Nevada – 0 points
Total Points: 4


Round 2!

(I completely forgot to take a picture of this one, but I can guarantee it was very pretty. You’ll just have to get it for yourself to see.)

New Belgium Watermelon Lime Ale

Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5%
Brewer: New Belgium

Crit’s Guesses
Style: Pale Ale – 3 points
ABV: 5.2% – 2 points
Brewer: New Belgium – 5 points
Total Points: 12

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: Pale Ale – 3 points
ABV: 5.0% – 2 points
Sierra Nevada: – 0 points
Total Points: 8

Pat’s Guesses
Style: Wheat Beer – 0 points
ABV: 4.7% – 2 points
Brewer: Fuckboi Brewing – 0 points
Total points: 6


Round 3! A new contestant has entered the playing field!

Franziskaner Weissbier

franzlkaner hefe

Style: German Hefe-Weisse
ABV:5.0%
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (for this round I had everyone guess what country it was brewed in because I wasn’t sure if they would have even heard of this one)

Crit’s Guesses
Style: Hefeweissen – 3 points
ABV: 4.8% – 2 points
Country of Origin: Germany – 5 points
Total Points: 22

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: Hefeweissen – 3 points
ABV: 5.5% – 2 points
Country of Origin: Germany – 5 points
Total Points: 18

Pat’s Guesses
Style: Hefeweissen – 3 points
ABV: 5.0% – 2 points
Country of Origin: Germany – 5 points
Total Points: 16

Meg’s Guesses
Style: Hefeweissen – 3 points
ABV: 5.5% – 2 points
Country of Origin: Germany
Total Points: 10


Round 4!

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA

deschutes inversion ipa

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.8%
Brewer: Deschutes Brewing

Crit’s Guesses
Style: IPA – 3 points
ABV: 6.3% – 2 points
Brewer: Ballast Point – 0 points
Total Points: 27

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: IPA – 3 points
ABV: 6.0% – 1 point
Brewer: Alaskan Brewing – 0 points
Total Points: 22

Pat’s Guesses
Style: Belgian Dubbel – 0 points
ABV: 6.0% – 1 point
Brewer: New Belgium – 0 points
Total Points: 17

Meg’s Guesses
Style: Pale Ale – 0 points
ABV: 5.5% – 0 point
Brewer: Ballast Point – 0 points
Total Points: 10 points


Round 5!

Ballast Point California Amber Ale

I forgot to take a picture for this beer and the last one as well, which sucks because they were both a lovely color… Oh well, there will be many Taste Buds to come for me to right this egregious wrong!

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Brewer: Ballast Point

Crit’s Guesses
Style: Amber Ale – 3 points
ABV: 5.6% – 2 points
Brewer: Ballast Point – 5 points
Total Points: 37

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: IPA – 0 points
ABV: 6.5% – 1 points
Brewer: New Belgium – 0 points
Total Points: 23

Pat’s Guesses
Style: IPA – 0 points
ABV: 6.3% – 1 point
Brewer: New Belgium – 0 points
Total Points: 18

Meg’s Guesses
Style: Pale Ale – 0 points
ABV: 6.2% – 1 point
Brewer: Ballast Point – 5 points
Total Points: 16


Final Round!

Anchor Porter

Style: Porter
ABV: 5.6%
Brewer: Anchor Brewing

Crit’s Guesses
Style: Espresso Stout – 0 points
ABV: 4.7% – 1 point
Brewer: Alaskan – 0 points
Total points: 38

Xavi’s Guesses
Style: Stout – 0 points
ABV: 6.5% – 1 points
Brewer: Ballast Point – 0 points
Total Points: 24

Pat’s Guesses
Style: Stout – 0 points
ABV: 6.0 – 2 points
Brewer: No guess (c’mon Pat…) – 0 points
Total Points: 20

Meg’s Guesses
Style: Stout – 0 points
ABV: 6.0% – 2 points
Brewer: Deschutes – 0 points
Total Points: 18


Here is the lineup of all the beer bottles in order.

taste buds 1 all beers

The inaugural Taste Buds was a smashing success and I can’t wait to do more.

Cheers!

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3 thoughts on “Taste Buds

  1. I had a great time participating in the inaugural Taste Buds night! Thanks for putting all of this together Andres. Let’s do this again sometime soon Buddy.

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    • Well it wouldn’t be Taste Buds without my Buds! Dude we will for sure do it again soon. I was thinking the next one could be like an All-Import night or something where we only try imported beers.

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