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Old 08-13-2009, 04:08 PM   #11
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I will be judging the American Ale and Specialty categories. The Specialty category should be interesting.
I find the Specialty category interesting. I mean, as a judge, if the beer simply does not belong in any other style than it's technically 100% accurate in terms of the Specialty style right?


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Old 08-13-2009, 04:33 PM   #12
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That is my understanding. Like a Rye IPA or a Imperial Brown ale would be in the Specialty category.



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Old 08-13-2009, 06:00 PM   #13
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That is my understanding. Like a Rye IPA or a Imperial Brown ale would be in the Specialty category.
Not to hijack the thread but I had a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye a few weeks ago. Wow! I would highly suggest this beer.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:10 PM   #14
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Take with you the style guide so you can reference it. No judges judge without one near them. It is ok to reference it. Most judges talk about the beer as they judge quietly with the people they are paired with. it is ok if you do not pick up things the other judges are getting as we all perceive things differently. For example, an elephant has to fart in my face for me to pick up sulphur. meaning it needs to be fairly strong. A friend of mine can smell it a mile away. Toss acetaldahyde or Diacetyl in the smallest amounts my way and i can pick them out right away.

And above all, just relax. You are not doing oper heart surgery. It is supposed to be fun.

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Ya I am paired up with one other guy and the organizer said there would be copies of the style guidelines of the tables.

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Any idea how many entries the BnBs competition has? I know I submitted 3 entries, but I have no idea how much competition there is.

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They said that the total entries this year is almost double that of last year.

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Maybe you'll be judging one of my beers. One of my entries was an American Pale. [/discreetly slides thedude 20 bucks...]

A couple of suggestions from an entrant's point of view:
1. Make your writing legible. I've had some score sheets come back unreadable and what's the point if you can't read judge's feedback, right?

2. Be as descriptive as possible. We're not looking for Michael Jackson excerpts but last year I got a score sheet back from the B 'n B fest and under Flavor it simply said "Awesome". Yeah I'm glad the judge liked my beer but I can get that kind of feedback from my friends. If I'm paying an entry fee I'd like a little more.

Have fun and good luck!

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Ya, I am going to write as much as possible on each sheet. When I got my sheets back from one of the Sam Adams contest I was disappointed with my feedback because it was short. Only one of the sheets was worth reading and that guy's feedback helped me fine tune my recipe.

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How did everyone do in the Blues N Brews? Marc I saw that you placed Third congrats. I place Third with my Hefe and a Kid from my homebrew club placed Third in the Specialty category.



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