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Appearance rating

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pinkie
beers 470 º places 10 º 07:14 Tue 4/30/2013

I agree that the appearance rating is almost a given unless the beer is really severely flawed.

The palate rating is about mouthfeel I think. At first I tried to relate it only to tastes and then I had to open it up in my mind to include general mouthfeel.

I would like it if we could rate with decimals like 3.5 or 3.8. I think that would be an enhancement.

 
NeoHippie2
beers 1074 º places 51 º 07:28 Tue 4/30/2013

Originally posted by GT2
Here is how I rate appearance:

Does the beer look disgusting? No? +1
Is the SRM within reason? Yes? +1
Is the carbonation within reason? Yes? +1
Is the head retention and lacing appropriate for style of beer? Yes? +1
Does it have superlative aesthetics? Really big lacing, glowing beautiful color, or ridiculous retention, or ridiculous color? +1

So for IPA:

Glowing low haze golden with ice cream scoop rocky foam and sheets of lacing (1+1+1+1+1= 5)

For oud bruin:

Muddy brown with low carbonation (1+1+1+1=4)





Great reference!

 
GoufCustom
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beers 1106 º places 83 º 07:30 Tue 4/30/2013

Appearance plays an important part of my beer enjoyment and rating. For certain beer styles, a good colour , clearness / cloudness, head size, frothyness and durations could significantly lighten up an otherwise boring, middle of the pack stuff. Careful pouring also helps to determine whether the one I am going to drink can put up a good head and look as advertised (more often than not , they donít). For certain styles like hefeweiss and Abbey / Trappist, good look and head are must for me.

 
keanex
beers 1629 º places 63 º 10:03 Tue 4/30/2013

Originally posted by HenrikSoegaard
The most tricky part now is cider; mead and sake.......

Indeed, I need to remember that they arenít going to have a head.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 11:10 Tue 4/30/2013

Originally posted by Unclerudy
A BJCP appearance score would tell you to score it perfect, and deduct for flaws. If you do not detect flaws, why take away points?


There are only 3 points. Arguably, there are three points of importance in appearance: color, clarity & head. What is odd is that in mead judging, there are 6 points for appearance. I know a beautiful beer when I see it and thatís what Iíll save 5s for.

As to the palate discussion, I take a two pronged approach there. Mouthfeel and balance are my two points of emphasis in terms of that.

 
GT2
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beers 9408 º places 659 º 11:13 Tue 4/30/2013

Originally posted by keanex
Originally posted by HenrikSoegaard
The most tricky part now is cider; mead and sake.......

Indeed, I need to remember that they arenít going to have a head.


I think Iím spoiled because fresh cider in Normandy, France will have a glowing starfruit appearance loads of haze, and large white foam that will diminish after 2-3 seconds.

But a lot of craft cider in the US looks like apple juice box, and no foam. Maybe 1 second fizz out from a small white soda head.

:-(