Craig wrote:Chunks in fresh beer are generally (I say generally because there are always edge cases) no big deal and cosmetic in nature. Flavorless proteins suspended in the beer or excess yeast in suspension that fit whatever reason didn't crash out when it should. Probably a sign of carelessness on the part of the brewery and should technically be considered a flaw if it's not intentional like it would be in a hazy beer, but it's largely cosmetic.
In old, especially hoppy, beers it can be a sign that the beer is way past prime. These will look more flakey than fresh beer with chunks. This is still just proteins falling out of suspension, but it's a sign of a beer that's past prime. This isn't really a sign of a mistake on the brewer's part, it's just old.
There also a chance of floaties in infected beer, but you won't need tips to know that beer is off. It will smell and taste awful.
I had some affected cans of Ransack back in February, and they were under 3 weeks old. I've had beer with floaters where it's still fairly hazy but you can see some chunks, but in this case it was almost crystal clear with large fish food-like flakes of floaters suspended throughout. Flavour and aroma seemed lacking too. I meant to send a picture to CA but the date code was smudged and I never got around to it.
I get in most cases it's just cosmetic but to me it comes off a bit amateur-ish.