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Old 05-18-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Forgive me, for I have judged.

Went to the 26th H0V Homebrew competition Sat. and was strong-armed into judging. (It was that or no free lunch) Fortunately, I got Style 8 English Pale Ales (AKA Bitters). We had a flight of ten in all three sub-styles. One BJCP, one experienced, non-BJCP judge & me, a first-tmer.

Some good ones, some bad ones. On the plus side, none of the brews over-did the hop flavor/aroma. (Regular lurkers know my feelings on out of style hopping) About half were too fruity or had other signs of high fermentation temperatures. Several were out of style: too malty or not bitter enough. One was seriously over-carbonated & had odd flavors I couldn't pin down, so I called it phenolic. Another was a really good example of a Mild. That was the only one where we had a wide spread on the scores initially. All three of us agreed it was a nice beer, but conformance to style is critical in a competition, so it ended up with a low score.

As luck would have it, the worst of the flight was the last one. 90% foam & strange chemical flavors.

Bangers & chips for lunch and a pint of Calapoola's Porter relieved the horror of losing my virginity.


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Old 05-18-2008, 02:07 PM   #2
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It actually sounds like a great day! I don't think I would make a very good beer judge, so I really appreciate people who are willing to do it. I guess finding a few gems mixed in with the bad ones would make it worth it.

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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I agree that I probably would not make a good judge, I don't think that I have a pallet that is refined enough. Sounds like a fun day!
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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That sounds like fun, alright. I judged this weekend, myself, at the KGB Big Batch Brew Bash. We went through a flight of eight weizenbocks, and I also judged a second round flight. I got to follow that up with a little free lunch and beer. It was a nice day.

It sounds like you had a good day, too. I hope you keep it up!


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Old 05-19-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
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Any idea when scores are being sent out? I had three beers in that comp (none in the Bitter style though).
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:55 PM   #6
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Results have been posted: http://www.hotv.org/ There's a link under the logo to a pdf.
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At least they didn't have you judging multiple styles...starting with Barleywines and working your way through RIS's, IPA's and finishing with Cream Ales.
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HOLY SH!T!!! My Stout placed 1st and my hefe 2nd!!! Hot damn!
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David, sounds like a fun day. I wish I had the pallet to notice subtle tastes and differences (It might help if I quit smoking...).

KB: Congrats! Thats great.
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HOLY SH!T!!! My Stout placed 1st and my hefe 2nd!!! Hot damn!
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j/k Congrats!


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