Note/comment to judges - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Note/comment to judges

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-23-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
steelersrbrun
 
steelersrbrun's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Tamarac, FL
Posts: 155
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



I have two IPA's that I am entering into a local IPA Competition. Both have a VERY smooth bitterness due to late hopping. What notes should I put under comments so the judges know what to expect. I'm afraid even though its a tasty beverage I will get killed on points because they won't have a sharp crazy bitterness.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
ReverseApacheMaster
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Keller, Texas
Posts: 4,882
Liked 254 Times on 196 Posts


Explain late hoping as part of the recipe and set proper expectations on the flavor.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
FSR402
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
FSR402's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Jenison, MI
Posts: 2,826
Liked 25 Times on 19 Posts


Every comp I have judged in I have never seen the sheet filled out by the brewer.
I would not even worry about it. An IPA does not have to be sharp in the bitterness just needs to have a malt/hop balance leaning to the bitter side.
__________________
TWO FISTED BREWING CO.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_cad View Post
Its nice when you and your friends have comparable equipment.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walker-san View Post
some people will tap anything that has a hole.
Buy Two Fisted Brewing gear

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
Lennie
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Hannibal, MO
Posts: 584
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts


You declaring that the bitterness is smooth, doesn't change the fact that IPAs have a certain range of bitterness. If anything, I'd say that a comment would just bring more attention to any lack of bitterness.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
Bsquared
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Bsquared's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
San Diego
Posts: 1,851
Liked 67 Times on 59 Posts


You might want to consider entering it as a Pale ale if you don't feel it will do well in the IPA category. I don't think seeing this as an explanation on an entry sheet would change my scoring if I was judging and IPA that did not have an adequate bitterness level. Flavor and aroma of hops in an IPA is a big portion of scoring, from what I am hearing from you is that this beer has this, but you feel it lacks bitterness. If you feel this than may be consider entering it as an APA.

But, when IBUs start to reach and surpass the human taste threshold, the hop flavors and aromas will take on a more prevalent role and the bitterness will fade or almost disappear. If you feel this is the case, enter it as an IPA, and try and comunicate the high levels of IBU's in the beer, and your hopping schedule. this might help guide the judges in their perception of the beer.

I would not recommend trying to explane to them what they are perceiving.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
Spartan1979
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Spartan1979's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
O'Fallon, MO
Posts: 1,693
Liked 234 Times on 159 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bsquared View Post
You might want to consider entering it as a Pale ale if you don't feel it will do well in the IPA category.
Or enter it in both categories.

It's highly unlikely that the judges will ever see your comments.

In most categories it doesn't really matter what you were trying to do, only how your beer compares to the style guidelines and the other entries.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #7
GaryJohn
 
GaryJohn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
chicago
Posts: 228
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts


I always thought the comments were for just for listing any special ingredient or brewing methods.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 01:32 AM   #8
steelersrbrun
 
steelersrbrun's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Tamarac, FL
Posts: 155
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Well, they have been sent to the comp as IPA's and we shall see. I had no idea the judges didn't see the comments. I put in a note that it was a late hop beer. I will enter it in the next comp as a APA and see what happens. Thanks for all the feedback!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A question on beer style for beer judges, or folks who play them on TV Thor General Techniques 10 10-28-2009 12:17 PM
Note on Aquarium Thermometers tagz General Techniques 5 07-30-2008 10:29 PM


Forum Jump