How We Review

In an effort to keep our reviews consistent and informative, we’re adhering to BJCP Guidelines while giving our thoughts on each beer we review. BJCP reviews are divided into the following categories:

Appearance (1 – 3)
Comment on color, clarity, and head (retention, color, and texture).
Aroma (1 – 12)
Comment on malt, hops, esters, and other aromatics.
Flavor (1 – 20)
Comment on malt, hops, fermentation characteristics, balance, finish/aftertaste, and other flavor characteristics.
Mouthfeel (1 – 5)
Comment on body, carbonation, warmth, creaminess, astringency, and other palate sensations.
Overall Impression (1 – 10)
Comment on overall drinking pleasure associated with entry, give suggestions for improvement.

Final Ranking

Each category is weighted differently according to BJCP guidelines, and a simple formula is used to calculate a final 1-10 rating comprised of the following descriptions:

9 – 10: Outstanding
World-class example of style.
7.6 – 8.9: Excellent
Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.
6 – 7.5: Very Good
Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws.
4.2 – 5.9: Good
Misses the mark on style and/or minor flaws.
2.8 – 4.1: Fair
Off flavors/aromas or major style deficiencies. Unpleasant.
2.7 and below: Problematic
Major off flavors and aromas dominate. Hard to drink.

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