So... This is likely the wrong section of he forum to ask this, but... Here goes:
I'm about to enter my first beer into a BJCP sanctioned competition, an APA. The beer is delicious... All that've tried it agree... Even non-beer drinkers. It is by no means a bitter beer, but by tinseth and rager formulas, the beer sits well above the guideline IBU count. I know that the submision form basically gets the recipe. The question I guess I'm leading up to is: even though calculated IBUs are well outside the specified range, will this beer be judged by the math or by its flavor?
I have read a couple posts about an alternate version of tinseth that better describes constant hop additions (I add sequentionally in my boil every 10 minutes from 30 on) which may help my calculations, but most importantly, like I said earlier, the beer is only bitter enough to be balanced. It definitely is a pale ale--not an IPA--in flavor, but again, the business of IBUs worries me entering it into competition.
Thanks for the help!
If this belongs in a different section of the forum, please let me know and I'll move it.