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I recently brewed beer in a meat non-Ben-Yomo pot. Is beer considered a davar charif rendering my beer impermissible to be consumed with dairy? Would it depend on how much hops were used? Are only sharp things (garlic, onions, etc.) davar charif, or also very bitter things (lemons, hops, etc.)?

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I don't know what hops really are, but it definitely extends to bitter things like lemons. Rabbi Forst lists whisky and olive oil. Not beer though. –  YEZ Feb 10 at 23:11
Are lemons bitter? I think of radicchio and bad cucumbers as bitter, but lemons as sour. –  msh210 Feb 11 at 5:13

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No, beer is not a "davar charif." Hops are somewhat bitter, I suppose you could potentially argue if they're called charif, but the overall product, beer, is not that pungent. (Similarly, some out there treat mayonnaise as davar charif because one of the ingredients on the label is lemon juice! But the product mayonnaise is not sharp-tasting! My father asked R' Shimon Eider zt"l about this, who concurred that mayo is absolutely not a davar charif.

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How about India Pale Ale (IPA) these beers are quite hoppy. Are you familiar with them? –  Ish Ploni ViKohen Feb 11 at 5:49
I still don't hear it. –  Shalom Feb 11 at 10:11

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