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The Five Categories Beer Are Judged On

R.S. Taylor & Sons - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) is a non-profit organization that trains and qualifies individuals to become certified judges in beer competitions. For those who want to start professionally judging beer, it’s helpful to know the five distinct categories of evaluation that make up a 50-point scoring system:

10 Points - Bouquet/Aroma: It’s important to sniff the beer immediately after it has been poured, before the esters that make up the aroma are gone. When you sniff the beer, be sure to identify the dominant aromas. The aroma is the first indication of the taste of the beer.

6 Points – Appearance: The appearance of the beer can identify whether it is unfiltered or filtered, as well as identify the category of beer by the color parameters. You should also look out for the appearance of the head of the beer, and whether or not the beer clings to the sides of the glass.

19 Points – Flavor: Many of the characters you are searching for in this category are similar to that of the bouquet/aroma characteristics. You will need to identify whether the beer is malty or hoppy, as well as tart or sour. You should also note how well the flavors balance each other, and if the flavor changes from first impression to last, or if the flavor notes remain unchanged.

5 Points – Body: This category is mainly for determining whether the beer is thin and watery, or has more of a full feel to it.

10 Points – Drinkability & Overall Impression: After drinking and scoring based on the first four categories, judges finally will make comments about how they perceived the beer as a whole. In order to do this, judges most overall know beer styles very well, so they can tell whether the categories altogether make up an ideal stout, pilsner, pale ale, etc.

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