Plastic tasting glasses, why didn't we think of that?
Perhaps the most prolific of KC bloggers of beer, FatCatKC, has started his own blind beer tasting group. For their first session they tasted 11 IPA's blind. A couple of things struck me about his test. First, it never occurred to the Gents to use plastic tasting cups, we're always toting glassware around. Second, he used his wife to pour the beers whereas our wives fled the building when we did a Gents at someone's house. Last and probably most important, the FatCat group graded those IPA's which were most different, in the IPA's case, the most malty. This confirms my theory that in a blind tasting, the beer that is different is graded the worst.