I received a heads up from The Wall Street Journal's designated reader of A Good Beer Blog, Carl, that the paper has posted an interesting article on US craft brewers using cans rather than or in addition to bottles. A taste test ensued and I will spoil the ending for you:
Details are in the accompanying chart, but of the 16 beers tasted, canned brew, in average scores, rated four of the five top spots, though the top-rated beer was Stone's India Pale Ale in a bottle with a rating of 8.8. The canned Scape Goat Pale Ale popped an 8 and Old Chub Scottish Ale a 7.8. Two other canned offerings scored higher than 7.There is much more to the article than just the scoring, however, including a useful history of the canning process so have a read. Nice to note that I have a Stone's IPA in the stash just waiting for a quick note sort of review.
One other thing became clear -- on the taste front, cans weren't much of an issue. A few beers that panelists conjectured might be cans were actually bottles. And of the nine canned beers, Tony identified two -- and not because he detected a metallic taste but because he thought he'd recognized the beers from previous tastings. Jeff called one can correctly. On the other hand, sipping a different beer I knew to be canned, he joked, "If this comes from a can, I'm buying Alcoa stock."