I'm early 40's and don't drink as much beer as I did when I was younger. I'm a martini-izer and wine-o mostly but still enjoy a beer now and again.
It seems to me that "regular" domestic beers (Bud and Coors are two that I'll drink on occasion) have a distinctly different flavor than they did when I first figured out how good beer was. I'm wondering if something dramatic has changed in their materials, production or shipping processes or if it's simply that my taste buds have changed / dulled as I've gotten older.
To me there is a muted, soapy quality to a cold Bud today that wasn't there when I was 20 years old. It used to taste crisp, clean and fresh and now it's a different experience.
Now- I actually enjoy beer now flavor-wise more than I used to simply becuase in 2007 I can get a spanking fresh IPA with tasty hops and clean taste.. but sometimes you end up with a Bud or Coors and I just feel like something's changed. Is it me, or the product? Obviously nobody at Bud or Coors would say anything's changed.. but I'm wondering if someone has some true knowledge otherwise?