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Old 09-18-2008, 01:23 AM   #1
Sep 2008
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As a novice to beer, and growing up in a house that was only ever stocked with Bud Light, I'm an extreme novice in what type of beer is what.

I found this today, I'm sure many have seen it or parts of it.
It's the BJCP Style Guidelines for judging beer. (right click, save .pdf file)

I also found that this info is in the HBT Wiki page, I'm not sure if the Wiki has been updated with the 2008 revisions though.

If you haven't seen it, there is some great info there, that I found very helpful. Hope you will to.

I especially like the Commercial Examples listing for each style, very nice.


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Old 09-18-2008, 01:43 AM   #2
Aug 2008
Atlanta, GA
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Thanks for sharing!
Bottled: Oatmeal Stout, Continental Pilsner
Primary: Belgian White
Secondary: None
Next: Octoberfest-like Ale, Blonde Ale, Warsteiner-type Ale
Long Gone: English Pale Ale, Irish Red Ale

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Old 09-18-2008, 06:43 AM   #3
Feb 2008
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Wow, the first is a good find. Saved to my desktop. Thanks!
"A fine beer can be tasted with just one sip, but it is best to be thoroughly sure."

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Old 09-18-2008, 06:50 AM   #4
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All of you beginners will probably grow to have a sort of love/hate relationship with the guidelines. Sometimes they can be really helpful, others they can seem to hold you back. The key is to figure out what you like, and brew it, regardless of what the guidelines say. They are a good jumping off point, and a necessity if you plan on competing with your homebrew, but don't be afraid to color outside the lines.

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On Tap:Cran Wit, Dr Pepper Dubbel, Cascadian Pale Ale, Dark Chocolate Stout, Imperial Stout, Brown Mild, Schwarzbier
On Board: IIPA

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Old 09-18-2008, 06:50 AM   #5
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Yeah, the BJCP Style Guidelines is my Bible. I'm not worried about following them but they are a great reference to learn for yourself.
Primary: American Pale Ale
Secondary: American Brown Ale, IIPA
Bottle Conditioning:
On Deck: Hefeweizen, ABA, Robust Porter

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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Sep 2008
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Very cool, thanks for adding this info!

I think BarleyWater is right about coloring "outside the lines", especially if you enjoy experimenting. But this info is really good to use as a benchmark to compare your first brew(s) against to see how you are doing.

Also, if you want to compete then it is good to have a reference to make sure your brews are within the guidlines (color, aroma, etc.) that the judges expect to encounter.

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Primary: First AG Batch! - Irish Red | Bottle: Oatmeal Stout| Drinking: Nearcastle II... | Up Next: It may be time to try a lager


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Old 09-18-2008, 09:39 PM   #7
Sep 2008
Austin, TX
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Thanks, this document really helped answer my question

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