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Old 07-30-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Gordon Strong judged my beer!

I'm in beer nerd heaven right now. I submitted two beers to a competition in Ohio recently, one of which won second-place BOS. But it was the OTHER beer I entered that I am excited about right now.

I just got score sheets in the mail, open the envelope, and when I flip the score sheet for my English Bitter to the second page, there's his name: "Gordon Strong. Rank: Grand Master VII."

I'm thinking, Holy S&%$!

The outcome? "Modern interpretation. Not much caramel. Focused on bready malt and lemony hops. Nicely balanced. Not a watery beer. Sessionable. 36/50."

I'll take that as a high compliment from one of the greats!

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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What style of beer? Pale ale? Amber?

Congratulations, in any case!

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Gordon gave me 1st place BOS in a competition in Nashville last year for my German Pils. By far the greatest moment in my homebrew life so far. I got him to autograph my medal for me. Then the party started...

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lol@ Grand Master VII

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Old 07-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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What style of beer? Pale ale? Amber?

Congratulations, in any case!
Thanks! Gordon judged my English Bitter. My second-place BOS was a Lemon Rosemary American Wheat.

Cheers!
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Gordon gave me 1st place BOS in a competition in Nashville last year for my German Pils. By far the greatest moment in my homebrew life so far. I got him to autograph my medal for me. Then the party started...
Fantastic! Congrats!
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #7
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Fantastic! Congrats!
Congrats to you as well! Nothing like getting a good score from a high ranking judge. I'd rather get a decent score from a good judge than an awesome score from a bad judge. Well, as long as they both come with medals, of course. ;-)
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I happen to live near Gordon and have had the opportunity to have him taste and informally judge several of my beers, share one of my recipes with him, have him share multiple recipes with me, and sample several of his beers and meads.

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Thanks! Gordon judged my English Bitter. My second-place BOS was a Lemon Rosemary American Wheat.

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I might be making an ordinary bitter in the near future, as I continue to explore the wonders of low ABV beers. If Gordon Strong finds it sessionable but not watery, I, for one, would be interested in the recipe
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I forgot to mention...usually the highest ranking judges are the ones who judge the BOS round, as well. Unless he had a beer entered in the comp that took 1st (I doubt he did), then I would imagine that he had a hand in on picking your beer as 2nd BOS, as well. I could be jumping to conclusions here, but in my experience, this would definitely be true. You dont always know who judged the BOS round b/c they dont include scoresheets with it.

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