The world of beer recommendation can be a bit of a quagmire if you're out and about -- you're rarely going to find someone who has the same tastes as you, and even if you do, calling or texting or beeping them whenever you need a suggestion can be taxing on their cell phone plan/general quality of life. Enter: the beer recommendation app. There are already a few on the market, but honestly, none of them are as sleek, elegant, and intuitive as new kid on the b(l)ock Next Glass, which officially dropped today for iPhone and Android.
The app polls its users for ratings of beers they've already tried, and uses those likes and dislikes to create a taste profile which it accesses to give recommendations, and rate beers that the user has on hand. If you've got a can or bottle in front of you and you're not sure whether you'll like it, or you want to know more about it, you can scan its label (not its barcode!) to find out what score it would get based on your preferences, as well as ABV, calorie, and carb information.
These are all functions it lists in its app store description. But is it really as perceptive as it claims? I grabbed the nearest can of beer (Oskar Blues Ten FIDY), signed up, and created a taste profile to find out.