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Beer Review (Issue 33)


Judging Process
Our reviews are conducted in a single-blind tasting format. This method provides the best opportunity to rely on facts and to avoid favoritism, ensuring a level playing field for all brewers. It serves both the industry and the consumer to have unbiased and objective scores from qualified experts. To best implement this approach, the Judges Review is open to those with established experience as a Master Cicerone® from the Cicerone® Certification Program or as a judge that has accomplished the rank of National or higher from the Beer Judge Certification Program. In the single-blind tasting format, judges are presented with a chilled, properly poured beer and given its style category. Scoring is then done on the following basis using a 100-point scale:

Score Breakdown:
100 to 96: World Class 
 You need this beer in your life.
95 to 91: Exceptional  Don’t hesitate.
90 to 86: Very Good  A brew to savor.
85 to 75: Average – Somewhat unimpressive.
74 and below: Not Recommended  Just walk away.


World Class (100 to 96)


97
by John C. Tull
Four Seasons Winter '16
Mother Earth Brew Co.

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96
by Joseph Formanek
La Trappe Quadrupel Oak-Aged
Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven

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95
by Randy Scorby
Stone 21st Anniversary: Hail to the Hop Thief
Stone Brewing Co.

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95
by Sal Mortillaro II
Reviver Red IPA
Starr Hill Brewery

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95
by Randy Scorby
Alaskan Brewing Amber
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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94

by Lyn Howard
Glorious
Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

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94

by Sal Mortillaro II
Festie Oktoberfest Lager
Starr Hill Brewery

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93

by David Sapsis
Beavers Milk Nitro
Belching Beaver Brewing Co.

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