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Old 08-27-2009, 06:13 PM   #21
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Hey thanks. Yep, third place in the American Ales category which is pretty good if I say so myself considering there were 20 entries in the category. I also got an honorable mention for a brown ale I entered. Just got my medal and score sheets in the mail today.

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:18 PM   #22
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My only advice is to be harsher than you think you should. I think most people have a tendency to want to be nice about things. That is not a useful trait in judging. All that does is drive all your scores toward a center point and make the standout beers less impressive.

I am not BJCP but I do review a lot of beers. I have been considering studying and taking the test but probably won't for a year or so.

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Old 08-30-2009, 03:36 AM   #23
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I wasn't expecting to win anything (and I didn't ), but I got some good, very full, sheets of feedback from my judges. I entered the 2 beers that I thought turned out 'ok but not great', and in all fairness they probably could have used another month or two of bottle conditioning.

Scored 30/30 on one, and 30/29 on the other, with the 29 saying it would have done better in a slightly different category (dry stout vs. sweet stout). Most of the 'problems' that I got dinged on are easily fixed (more carbonation, more maple flavor, more lactose/sweet flavor next time), and they didn't detect anything fatal IMO. Not too bad for my 3rd and 4th batches I ever brewed I guess. I'll probably tweak the sweet stout one sometime in the next couple months and see how the next one it turns out.

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Old 10-21-2009, 05:03 PM   #24
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Did anyone enter the New England Regionals? I will be judging that one as well.

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Did anyone enter the New England Regionals? I will be judging that one as well.
Yep, I think I have 2 being judged there. That's this weekend, right?
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Correct. I am judging the specialty category and the Bock category.

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Old 10-21-2009, 09:52 PM   #27
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Have fun with your judging. I don't normally like to see inexperienced judges on a flight of Specialty beers, as that category (by definition) has no guidelines. Of course, for all I know, you may have the knowledge, experience, and palate of Michael Jackson. I'm only making an observation.

Just in case, though, (and for all those other judges out there) please remain aware that Specialty is reserved for beers without any other appropriate style. Many entrants will enter Fruit Beers and Spice/Herb/Vegetable beers in Specialty. However, those beers are out of style. You may have the best Raspberry American Wheat or Coconut Brown Porter in the world in front of you, but neither should not medal as a Specialty as neither belong there.

Alright, I'll put my hijacking soapbox back in the corner, now.

Have a good time!


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