How to Judge Beer

Aroma

5 POINTS

Positive aromas (malty, ester and hoppy) are assessed or a maximum of 3 points. If the exhibit displays a lack of aroma faults, a further 2 points can be awarded. Points should be deducted for unwanted aroma. All aromas should show an exhibit true to style.

Appearance

3 POINTS

Colour, clarity and carbonation are assessed for a maximum of 1 point each

Overall Impression

3 POINTS

The conformity to style is assessed combined with an overall impression of the exhibit for a maximum of 3 points

Technical Excellence

3 POINTS

The overall quality is assessed by looking at balance, drinkability and absence of faults for a maximum of 1 point each.

Flavour & Body

6 POINTS

Positive flavour components ( eg bitterness, body, correct fermentation products, clean and balanced flavour profile) are assessed for a maximum of 4 points. If the exhibit displays a lack of flavour and body faults, a further 2 points can be awarded. Points should be deducted for unwanted aromas. (such as lightstuck, oxidation, harshness or grainy). Fermentation products should display clean notes and other pleasing volatiles. All flavours should show an exhibit true to style

Quality Assessment Scoring Guidelines

GOLD

18.5 - 20 Points

Meeting all requirements and expectations of a beer of the particular style: clear varietal or style definition, complexity, intensity, balance and persistence. Free from faults.

SILVER

17 - 18.5 Points

A very good beer, that doesn’t quite meet the standard required for a gold medal, but with more distinctiveness, complexity, intensity and balance than a bronze medal beer. Free from faults.

BRONZE

15.5 - 17 Points

A beer with a degree of distinctiveness, complexity, intensity and balance, free from major faults.

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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