Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Beer Rating System

I know I did a quick post at the beginning of the blog about tasting beer.  I wanted to provide everyone with the official beer rating system.  The following link in the process developed by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).  For those that have never heard of them and thought that anybody can just walk off the street and taste beer you are wrong!  BJCP Tasting Beer Instructions.

I would like to issue a formal apology to all of my faithful beer drinking readers.  Somewhere along the way i made gross error in my scoring.  I'm not sure where i went wrong exactly but, i have been using an incorrect scorecard when tasting beer.  I don't know if it was an outdated version or an unofficial version that i had stumbled upon but it was incorrect.  The new scorecard will reflect the same categories but with different values.  Here is a link to the official scorecard.

                                   Old Value----->New Value
Aroma                             10                        12
Appearance                       5                          3
Taste (now Flavor)          10                        20
Palate (now Mouthfeel)     5                          5
Overall                            20                        10

TOTAL                           50                        50

From now on i intend on not only providing the quick glance scores for each beer rating at the bottom of east post but also linking to the scorecard done for each beer.  We'll see if i can  make it work.  For those that are interested in the specifics of beer styles and origins i suggest thumbing through the BJCP.

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BJCP Guidelines

Good luck and drink on!


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