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Old 08-14-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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Well I dropped my brews off earlier today. Awards ceremony is tomorrow but not sure if I can get my score sheets back then. Hopefully I can.

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:34 AM   #12
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They all should judge the beers the same assuming they are certified BJCP

1 Inspect Bottle and Pour Beer- They will inspect the bottle looking at the fill level, clarity and sediments..they will pour the beer differently depending upon your carbonation level
2 Smell (so get the initial smells out of the bottle)
3 Visually look at the beer
4 Smell again (after some intial smells fade)
5 Taste- coating the entire tounge and basically chew the beer
6 Rate "Mouth Feel"
7 Taste- Rate how it is compared to the style it was entered into and compared to the rest of the beers in your flight.
8 Smell and Taste some more until they can give you feedback (hopefully positive and constructive) on your beer.

I think that about covers it....

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Old 09-12-2011, 04:07 PM   #13
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I don't know all the specifics of the score, but I have a second place ribbon. I'm super stoked. I will have to wait until the fair is over to see the score sheet I suppose, so in a couple weeks I'll know what they liked and didn't.

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Old 09-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #14
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Congrats!!!!!!!!!

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #15
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Good job. Let us know what you scored when the sheets come in the mail.

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Old 09-12-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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Congrats!

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Old 09-19-2011, 07:09 PM   #17
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I picked up my score sheets today, judged by two groups, similar comments. This is not a AHA competition, but still graded within its fruit beer category.

Aroma: 3 of 4 points, light,
Appearance: 2 of 3 points, good color, slight haze, good head
Flavor: 8 of 10 points, light malt/hops, thin body
Overall Impression: 2 of three points

Comments: Clean, picking up just a slight nose of the fruit used, nice color with slight touch of the fruit color. Light delicate beer with just a hint of the fruit. Good idea using a different fruit to such a light style beer. Big challenge for sure.

Comments group 2: Clean, very light malt/hop aroma but suitable for style, hazy, nice purple, white foam. Malt/hops very light, balanced, but it should be more. Huckleberry only shows itself in bitter. Kolsch beer should have toasted character.

My comments:

Pretty fun to compete and share my beer with complete strangers. The huckleberry is light, the yeast seemed to just rip it apart over the fermentation period and during bottle conditioning. This is a delicate beer, I was worried some flaws would show up.

I will try again.

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Old 09-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #18
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Congrats on the second place. Competitions are a great way to learn to brew better. Friends pat you on the back and tell you you're making good stuff, but judges can really give you some honest feedback.

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:57 PM   #19
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Very nice! Too bad we all couldn't enjoy the fruits of your labor

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