Your Super-Powered Taste Buds Might Be the Reason You Hate IPAs
If you canít stand bitter beers, you could be a supertaster.
BY Gabrielle Bruney | Nov 14, 2017 | Food & Drink
We already know that people who prefer bitter flavours like those in IPAs are more likely to be antisocial sadists, but it turns out that we IPA-haters are also more likely to be supertasters. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?
About half of the population is made up of normal tasters, while 25% of us are non-tasters, and the remaining 25% are supertasters. Unfortunately, being a supertaster isn't as great as the name suggests. "You might think that a supertaster would have a lot of fun eating and drinking, but it’s more like the opposite," writes Dr. Rob DeSalle of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomic. "Because supertasters experience tastes more intensely than non-tasters and tasters, the effects of different tastes detected by tongues of supertasters are amplified relative to the non-tasters and tasters." According to Lifehacker:
That means bitter drinks like beer, especially IPAs, are extremely bitter to the supertasting population. The intense flavour of the hops and taste of the alcohol is too much to handle. When it comes to other stiff drinks, like liquor, supertasters can’t handle the burn there either. And if you’re part of the incredibly small group of extreme supertasters (less than 1% of the population), even lighter beers like lagers are often too bitter to “develop a taste for.” So, if you can’t stand IPAs, but can manage sipping on some lighter brews, you might be a supertaster.
There you have it — you don’t have the palate of an eight-year-old, you’re just a supertaster.