Originally Posted by PseudoChef
Yeah, definitely, some beers may be hazy. I would never deduct points for a hazy APA, IPA, or IIPA while judging. But there's also a difference between murky and hazy. Murkiness will most definitely (I don't like to speak in absolutes, but I haven't found the exception yet) affects flavor and mouthfeel, and not in a good way!
The other beer styles that can be quite hazy (but never murky!) are wheat beers. It's expected that a wheat beer is not clear- but it shouldn't be muddy or murky, and some brewers explain it to me as "It's a wheat beer, so I don't have to worry about clarity". That's true, as far as haze, but it shouldn't have suspended solids in it!
The nice thing about kegging is that once the first few pints are poured, as long as the keg isn't disturbed, the sediment stays put and the rest of the keg should pour clear.