During my gypsy backpacking days I tasted a lot of beers that I can’t remember and not necessarily for the reason you think. Berlin, Rome, Prague – I’ve sipped plenty of great beers in dozens of cities. And I’ve also put back quite a few terrible beers along the way. Recalling the difference between the good, the bad, and the ugly pints has always proved difficult since my pub memory tends to be slightly blurry. I never had a way to track which beers I drank nor a way to mark those beers as terrific or terrible.
But thanks to Untappd, I no longer have to wonder if that coffee porter from that nanobrew in Florida tasted like the world’s best beer or the world’s crappiest cup of coffee. Untappd (yes, there is no ‘e’) is a beer tracking app that let’s you rate beers as you drink them. Simply type in the name of the beer and give is one to five stars. Even easier, if you don’t know the exact name of the beer, you can just type in the name of the brewery and scroll until you find the beer you’re drinking. You can add location, comments, and pictures to help your recall.
Untappd also provides a short, detailed description of each beer and lists the essential details – brewer, ABV%, total star rating from other drinkers, and recent reviews. It’s the beer drinker’s TripAdvisor.
Untappd fancies itself a social app as well. You and your friends can follow each other and see each other’s beer reviews. Essentially the same as a Facebook thread. But just like with Facebook, you may want to decline your mom or your boss’ friend request since they can easily see that you checked in with your ninth beer at 11:45 on a Tuesday night. Calling in sick the next morning might prove a little difficult after that.
The one flaw I find with Untappd is that you cannot change your rating after it is entered. If you follow me (username: BostonCrawling) on Untappd, you’ll notice I tend to be more generous with my ratings as the night goes on. My first beer of the night never ranks as highly as my fifth (I wonder why). I would like the option to change my ratings in the sober light of day. But this is a minor nuisance.
Overall, I’m a big fan of Untappd. And judging by how many of my crawlers use the app on Boston Crawling’s Freedom Trail Pub Crawl, Untappd has a large and growing membership.
Make you night more memorable and use Untappd. It only takes a second to download and set up. Be sure to follow me on there – username: BostonCrawling.
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