Depends on the contest. I sent in a couple of beers to NHC last year that everyone loved. Neither made it past the 1st round because a significant portion of the judging criteria in the NHC is how close it meets official style guidelines. Got a couple bronzes in the 1st though, which is kinda cool. I also found out after the fact that which style section you enter it under makes alot of difference. I had a smoked porter thatw as very lightly smoked. Entered it in the porter category...probably should have put it in the "other smoked beer" category.
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers
Scottish 80/- Sweet Stout Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)