There’s been a lot of talk recently (especially last night) about drinkability of beers and according to Dom from Marble it’s a hot topic between brewers at the moment.
It seems to have different meanings depending on who you are listening to. Some say it’s a way justifying a boring beer, other say it’s a sign of a great beer, maybe it’s both, maybe it’s neither.
I use the term drinkable quite a lot on here and I am pretty sure I’ve used it to describe rather boring and bland ales as well as fantastically full flavoured ones. For me this doesn’t automatically make the bland ones great, it just means that they are easy enough to drink but I wouldn’t necessarily want to drink them again.
There are some beers I’ve drank that have been truly great and looking back at them I’ve usually said I would love to drink them again and could certainly drink more than one, on the other hand there are other beers I have drank that were really good but I couldn’t drink a lot of it, usually because they were high ABV or had an unusual taste that was great but would maybe get sickly after more than a small amount.
Here’s the BUT, and its a rather big BUT, I want to see more full flavoured ales that are drinkable, that I want to go out and buy a case, or even a mini keg of, ones that I could drink regularly and more than one of things like Adnams Innovation, Crown’s UIPA, Thornbridge’s Jaipur and Dark Horse’s Hetton Pale Ale. There seems to be beers coming out left right and centre at the moment where the ABV is creeping up and as much as I love barley wine style beers they aren’t something I can drink regularly so I personally don’t but that many of them.
Where do you stand? what does drinkability mean to you? does it mean anything? let me know by leaving a comment below.