The Brewers Association’ beer style guidelines reflect, as much as possible, historical significance, authenticity or a high profile in the current. Now you have a full copy of the BJCP Style Guidelines at your finger tips! Whether you’re a beer judge, a homebrewer, or an enthusiast, this free app will come. While pondering entering an NEIPA into a competition, I wondered when there may be a new edition of the BJCP style guidelines released as.

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Extreme Beer Fest cometh! Join us for the ultimate celebration of craft beer creativity! After stewarding my first bkcp, and having entered beers into several comps, I am looking at BJCP certification. Got my name waitlisted for the next test in Denver. Once I find out if I get in I will focus on passing the question online test.

I was wanting to know how many of you guys have completed both tests, what pointers you have, and what should I expect from both tests? My best 20110 is to study the style guidelines as much as possible. If you don’t have the BJCP style guide app on your phone, get it. You can squeeze in a glance at a style or two in unexpected odd situations where you have nothing better to do.

Knowing the styles well is important for both exams. If you are looking to get a solid passing score and save going for a high score at a later date, most of the rest of what you really need to know is in the exam study guide. If you know the style guide and study guide well, guirelines are in good shape. Finally, njcp beer critically, especially home-brew! Keep a copy of the scoresheet in your pocket or on your phone, so you can informally judge a beer whenever the mood hits. Judge as much as possible with experienced judges, if at all possible.

Cheers, and good luck! Becoming a judge is truly like a 5-credit college course, it really truly is. If you don’t put in the effort, you cannot guideliens to pass. But study hard, and it won’t be a terrible challenge. I didn’t study at all for guixelines last tasting exam, and my score suffered because of it.

I know I would do better if I’d studied harder. Drink a lot of beer, study hard, fill out lots of scoresheets Best of luck to you. Or should I say, it’s not luck, not at all. Make sure you’ve acquired some decent skills before the tests.

Public thinks to become a good beer judge. I will echo CASK1 for sure. I just passed the question, will bcp doing the tasting portion in 2 weeks.

As you study the guidelines, make sure you also pay attention to the comments section and know them guidelones. You will need to know what makes a N. Know the Belgians well too. Pay attention to which styles typically have bbjcp off flavors in low amounts like Diacetyl, acetaldehyde, and DMS some styles are defined by notes of these in authentic versions.

You will also need to know the information in the Study Guicelines fairly well. I thought I knew brewing, water, malt, mashing, etc, fairly well until I reviewed that and still picked up new information, and that new info happened to be the questions asked in my test.


You might think that having background info on competition organization isn’t that important, but it can be. The Study Guide is fairly indepth and has a lot of the info you will need to do well.

I only had a couple questions that weren’t answered in it. Be ready to take it when you do, don’t assume you can simply look up the answers. I was nervous, but passed on the first go round. For judging, know your flavors, make sure you do an off flavors study, even if it is simply using the household doctoring kit in the Study Guide.

I might just do a doctor at home before next weekend.

You will also want to know the styles well as it is rumored that they like to throw at least one of the beers in there labeled incorrectly, ie, a Belgian Pale as an English or American Pale, or a S English Brown as a Robust Porter. You will need to know the styles well enough to judge guidepines is there to the beer style given, and then give them direction on how to get it to fit buidelines style or say, this beer might fit in category X better – all without opening the BJCP Guidelines. There is also supposed to be at least one beer with a flaw or even multiple flaws.

I saw tha one of our proctors put a request to the Club out bjco beersincluding ones with flaws. Know the guidelines inside out.

2008 BJCP Style Guidelines

Fill out the tasting score sheets completely, and quickly. Harder than you huidelines. Know off flavors and style technical flaws. Practice time management in a test setting, that is where I really lost points.

GreenKrusty Crusader Dec 4, Nevada. I passed it the first time no app for this old guybut it was nice knowing I had another shot if I fucked it up.

The tasting exam was a little bit different That mediocre porter needs to be dissected in intimate detail including what it doesn’t taste like! Hope your test organizer and proctors aren’t dicks Good luck.

I am going over the style guidelines in a most diligent manner. Gonna do some style and off flavor flash cards. I am also going to stop buying whatever new beer is on the shelf and start looking into a build a six pack or getting bombers of the commercial examples of the styles from that week. I also plan on filling out score sheets for these beers just to familiarize myself with the process. I just finished doing my ASE tests and reached master tech, so taking the test itself is not going to be an issue.

I am still in study and test mode. I appreciate everyone’s input on this and look forward to expanding my tool box this way. Judging experience helps especially with getting used to the time crunch. However it isn’t completely the same – different feedback between trying to be helpful to the brewer and a test of knowledge. I’ve never taken the online exam but to answer questions every 18 seconds I’d come back later if I didn’t immediately know an answer.

I’m running a tasting exam in April and I just filled up the exam. I had to go through 18 people on the waiting list before I filled it. What number are you on the waiting list? Has the Exam Sponsor person running the exam given deadlines to pass the online exam?


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Ask how many people in front of you have passed the online exam? I would recommend taking a chance and passing the online exam as soon as you can. I know that the BJCP says wait until you have a spot in the tasting exam to pass the online test, but I disagree. Passing the online exam says you are serious about the exam and and in my view you would move to the top of the waiting list.

Having people sign up and not go through with the online exam is one of the most frustrating things about the exam from a Exam Sponsor point of view. Also from personal experience I’ve taken the tasting exam twice and in both situation I was able to get a spot in the exam even though I was 14 and 23 on the waiting list.

Lukass Savant Dec 16, Ohio. Very similar to what you’d have to go through to become a BJCP.

Definitely worth a watch. You’ve gotta be crazy guidelinez I’ve taken the tasting exam twice – got Certified the first time and the second guideliines will be in limbo for probably 6 months But think of things from the perspective of the proctor of the test. Typically the beer that is brought in is from the proctor or their club.

It will be styles that are brewed often or fairly often. So yes you should study the style guidelines sgyle and know the ins and outs of most styles but if your brain is at max capacity you guielines probably take a break on Bier de Garde Some judges dose beers with off flavors some don’t.

Some mix a bunch of shit beer left over from a competition to give you a real bad one on test day. Judge as many comps as you can before your test and you’ll do fine. My top tips 1. If you are an experienced home brewer and beer drinker don’t sweat the online test. It’s open book and you’ll know lots of answers anyway. I passed easily on my first try without much studying. Study the exam guide and guidelies guidelines thoroughly for the written exam.

It is much more difficult. Know yours styles inside and out and fill out every descriptor on the sheet. I lucked out and got 4 out of 5 styles I was more familiar with and still barely got over certified level on my first test.

If you feel confident about 3 or 4 of the beers you should be pretty safe. 200 off flavors and styles you are not as familiar with. I would suggest an off flavors kit if you know a BJCP judge who can get it for cheap. We do this every other year in our homebrew club and it’s very valuable.