I have concluded after three minutes of uncareful thought that, where ratings are concerned, less is more. The various systems of detailed ratings on each element of the beer thwart the purpose, methinks. Therefore, I will henceforth employ these categories to all beers:
  • A Classic - a superlative example of the style.
  • Excellent - technically flawless, just short of the kind of character that distinguishes it as as the best in its style.
  • Good - a well-made beer that is a fairly common example of its style.
  • Average - nothing stands out; beer doesn't have off-flavors, but fails to impress as a good example of its style.
  • Not Poisonous - off-flavors mar the recipe.
  • Poisonous - off-flavors so profound the beer is undrinkable.
Almost every commercial brewery should be able to make at least average beer, but there may be a few brewpubs out there who don't. Thus the lower categories. Feel free to comment if you have thoughts.

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