Ak the expert : Gordon Strong

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Ak the expert : Gordon Strong

Message  SciYan le Dim 17 Nov 2013, 10:07

Juste de l'info pour les intéressés. C'étais un forum ouvert ou tu pouvais poser tes questions à Gordon Strong. C'est intéressant. Il y a aussi le forum qui inclus les anciens forum "ask the expert".

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=17065.30

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=193.0

Le bout que j'ai trouvé intéressant concerne la mise à jour des styles du BJCP... about time !

I expect a lot of changes to the style guidelines; this will be a major update with many new styles.  We typically revise the guidelines every 4-5 years, so it's time.  We planned to update them 2 years ago, but held off so we could roll out the new exam program.  There is interest in new styles, several new reference materials are now available, and the BJCP has expanded into other countries. We'd like to make the guidelines more accurate, and better reflect the world's beer styles, not necessarily that which is available in the US market.

Nothing is finalized, but many have been prepared.  Right now, we're looking at things like Australian Sparkling Ale, English Golden Ale, Grodziskie, American Strong Ale, English Strong Ale, Wild Ale, Wheatwine, various Specialty IPAs, Czech Amber and Dark Lagers, etc.  Adding a historical category.  Complete revision of European styles, particularly English, Scottish, and German styles.  We're looking at splitting and combining some styles, and general reorganization.  We're also looking at ways of helping manage the entries in the various specialty categories, so we're looking at what amounts to competition entry categories in addition to proper styles. The cider guidelines are completely done.
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Re: Ak the expert : Gordon Strong

Message  SciYan le Dim 17 Nov 2013, 10:52

Au sujet des styles qui seront revues, il y a une question directement sur les IPA... j'ai donc l'impression que la bataille sur les Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale vas finalement être officialisé Content

Yes, the IPA guidelines will be revised in the next release, as I've mentioned in other responses.  I still think that statement about the malt supporting the hops is true, although some people may interpret it incorrectly.  IPAs shouldn't be rocket fueled hop juice; some malt is needed to balance, but that doesn't mean they should be malt-forward.

Even with changes in the guidelines, you will often see variability in judging.  Some judges will always insert their own opinions rather than allowing for the full range of the style.  That's unfortunate, but about all we can do is make sure the guidelines are correct and try to increase awareness and training.  You can make a wide range of beers called IPA and have them be delicious; no need to assume all of them taste the same.

It's not a new problem, and it isn't isolated to IPAs.  I could tell you stories of the ranges of scores some of my beers have gotten over the years.  You have to accept some of that as part of the game, but yes, we'll try to do our part by making the guidelines more accommodating to modern trends.
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