Sunday, July 15, 2012

On Impartiality

While browsing through a few blogs one night I had an epiphany. As I read a review of Boatswain DIPA on Lost in the Beer Aisle, I found myself smiling and even laughing at the comments. They rang true for many of my experiences with that particular style. In general, I have found the vast majority of DIPAs disappointing. It was then that I realized my enjoyment of a beer has a lot to do with my expectations for a particular style. If I expect a beer to be one thing and it turns out to be another, that can very quickly lead to disappointment. My inability to be impartial with a beer has prevented me from enjoying many otherwise solid beers. A well-made beer is a well-made beer (regardless of whether or not I prefer the style) and we all should be able to recognize that.

Of course, I realize that complete impartiality is impossible to attain. However, a general attitude of impartiality is something we all should strive for. Why not learn to appreciate the complexity of an IPA (whatever the hop varieties) or the depth of a brown ale or porter? Given a shift in attitude, we may find ourselves enjoying and appreciating more than we thought possible within the beer community.

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