Speaking of judging, I have the BJCP tasting exam in January. Does anyone have a good method for study? Any tips from experience?
Practice often, either on homebrews or commercially available beers. If you can, find the listed commerical beers for a sub-style and judge it according to the guidelines. Since its fall, go buy a Spaten Oktoberfest and a Sam Adams Oktoberfest and see where they fall.