In Praise of Mouthfeel

by William Randall. 0 Comments


What is mouthfeel?  Any good teacher will steer you away from circular definitions, but the way I like to define it is "how beer (or anything else...) feels in your mouth." 

Wikipedia says, "Mouthfeel is a product's physical and chemical interactionin the mouth, an aspect of food rheology. It is a concept used in many areas related to the testing and evaluating of foodstuffs, such as wine-tasting and rheology. It is evaluated from initial perception on the palate, to first bite, through mastication to swallowing and aftertaste. In wine-tasting, for example, mouthfeel is usually used with a modifier (big, sweet, tannic, chewy, etc.) to the general sensation of the wine in the mouth. Some people, however, use the traditional term texture. Mouthfeel is often related to a product's water activity, hard or crisp products having lower water activities and soft products having intermediate to high water activities."

I like my definition better.  It's much more approachable. 

Anyway, why am I thinking about mouthfeel?  Mouthfeel can make a good beer excellent, or keep a good beer from greatness.  I like big beers.  Big amount of hops, big amount of flavor, and big amount of mouthfeel.  Usually, a big amount of alcohol comes along with that.  That's fine I suppose, but I can't drink as much as I used to without getting a big headache the next day.  And with two young kids at home, headaches suck.  A lot.  So my propensity for drinking big beers really limits the number of beers I allow myself to drink at one time.  That's why I was so excited to try Flying Dog's new Easy IPA, a 4.2% ABV sessionable brew.  I had the great fortune to try this before the official launch next week during Frederick Beer Week.  Here's what I think:  its pretty much perfect!  By adding flaked barley the brewers can create mouthfeel without all the alcohol.  It is only 50 IBU, but there are huge lemony citrus and peach flavors thanks to the Galaxy, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace hops.  It truly is a small beer that tastes big.  I could (and will if given the opportunity) drink several in one session without getting a headache the next day!  Flying Dog is quite possibly my favorite brewery and Easy IPA is quite possibly my favorite beer they have made!  5 out of 5, well done!

Want to hear more straight from the brewers' mouths?  Then check out this video:

Barley & Hops Beer @ Frederick Beer Week

by Chris Sands. 0 Comments

Due to print deadlines I wasn't able to get beer from Barley and Hops into my 72 Hours article.  So here are three of the beers that will be featured during FBW.

Billy B.O.B. Bock (a traditional German bock)- The winner of the 2nd annual Battle of the Bubbles homebrew competition will debut at this year's B.O.B. finals on the 14th @ B&H.

Sugarloaf Saison- the 3rd year B&H has produced this springtime Belgian Saison. It will make its debut at the FBW tap takeover at Jojo's on the 17th

The Bunnyman White IPA- a hybrid of the American IPA and the Belgian Wit Ale.  The 3rd installment of the Maryland Myth and Monster Series.  It will debut at the Maryland Craft Beer Fest on the 18th.

Welcome to uncappd

by Chris Sands. 0 Comments

Frederick Beer Week is right around the corner.  It kicks off this Saturday at Stillpoint Farm.  Will Randall and I figured this would as good a time as any to launch our beer blog with the FNP.  We are planning to blog about about as many FBW events as possible.

To start the FNP’s coverage of Frederick Beer Week there will be a cover story in 72 Hours this Thursday.  You will find a listing of the events I would recommend attending as well as a list of must try beers.  We should be getting to regular posting very soon.  In the mean time if you want to check out some beer photography, check my instagram feed.http://instagram.com/uncappd

Will and I also run the website www.uncappd.com , going forward most content will be posted in both locations.