For all of you iPhoners, Androiders and general smart phoners out there, a new beer app is in town. BrewGene, a “beer discovery engine,” is a pretty straightforward app that allows you to track the beers you’ve sipped and rate as you go. Let’s have a look:
The most impressive aspect of this app is its database. BrewGene boasts more than 40,000 beers uploaded for tickers, and so far, I’ve been able to locate every beer I’ve searched—very cool. Once a beer is located, users can rate it based on a five star system, jot down tasting notes and—for Twitter enthusiasts—post what you’ve sipped on a number of social network sites. If you’re looking for like-minded drinkers, you can also connect with other users via the app’s Beer Buddy option. Bonus features include the Beer Cellar, which saves your previous ratings and notes; a list of the program’s top 100 rated beers; and a watch list. Of course, all of this culminates in the app’s headlining feature, beer recommendations.
Based on your previous ratings, BrewGene’s algorithm provides pretty relevant beer suggestions: After a number of imperial IPA ratings, it told me to check out Avery Maharaja. For those just getting into beer, this could be a pretty useful resource. Still, I’d love to see a beer recommendation program that bases its suggestions on flavor profile, rather than style and ratings. If someone develops an app that can distinguish the difference between a floral and grassy IPA, I’d be a happy camper.
Download the free BrewGene, and let me know what you think.