Friday, October 21, 2011

How I Grade Beer, Part 2: The 1-10 Rating Scale


This is a continuation of my "How I Grade Beer" explanation. This specifically focuses on the 1-10 grading scale - what each number REALLY means and why I would give a beer that grade. Should I put the scale back on my youtube main channel pages?

10
A or A+
OUTSTANDING
The best of the best. Hall of fame beers. Magnificent, delicious, wonderful beers.

9
A-
EXCELLENT
A "Flawed Masterpiece". Almost as good as a 10, but missing a certain something that would make it a perfect beer.

8
B+
VERY GOOD
A tasty, satisfying, enjoyable beer. Little to no flaws, plenty of attributes and fun to drink.

7
B
GOOD
Just plain good - nothing about it blows my mind, but it definitely has good qualities to it.

6
B-
ABOVE AVERAGE/OKAY
The lowest I can rate a beer and still honestly give it a thumbs up. It has flaws for sure, but they're minor distractions and the attributes are enough to overshadow the flaws (at least for a serving or two). Nothing I'd jump for joy about, but a drinkable, satisfactory beer to be sure.

5
C+
AVERAGE/NEUTRAL
Not quite a good beer, not quite a bad beer. I don't love it and I don't hate it, mostly I have no opinion on it. It's may have something to like but there's definitely something holding it back. I neither recommend it nor recommend against it. It's up to you.

4
C
BELOW AVERAGE
The best of the worst. A beer with noticeable flaws and perhaps some minor attributes. Tolerable for a serving or two, but no reason to seek it out. A genuine thumbs down, but not something I despise.

3
C-
TOLERABLE
While not the worst beer, there's probably nothing about I like. Plenty of flaws and flat-out repulsive qualities. I can maybe get one down, but that's it and I definitely would steer clear of it.

2
D+
BAD
Very repulsive, unappealing beer. Nothing to like about it at all. All flaws and no attributes.

1 D or D-
AWFUL
Absolutely repulsive. Everything that could be bad about it is. Unlikely to even be tolerable for more than a few swigs, if at all.

0
F
GHASTLY
The absolute worst of the worst. Repulsive to the nth degree. Cannot even stomach a single swig.