A line-up of sample-sized beers of different varieties

How We Review

June 9th, 2020


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 the beer, give suggestions for improvement.

Final Ranking

Each category is weighted differently according to BJCP guidelines, and all points total to 50. This final total is doubled to give a nice even score out of 100, then assigned one of the following rankings:

Outstanding (90-100)

World-class example of style.

Excellent (76–89)

Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

Very Good (60–75)

Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws.

Good (42–59)

Misses the mark on style and/or minor flaws.

Fair (28 – 41)

Off flavors/aromas or major style deficiencies. Unpleasant.

Problematic (27 and below)

Major off-flavors and aromas dominate. Hard to drink.