it isn't ideal but it could be worse. The best beers win, usually. Alternately, I think it is wrong for beers to win a first round ribbon, for the brewer to be asked to send 3 more bottles at their own expense, and THEN for the beer to be kicked out as out of style. Which is exactly what happened with a Fruit Beer this year. That person deserved the gold and if it had been my beer that got screwed I'd be pretty pissed. Oh, and mini-BOS included a couple coconut beers (21A) and a Belgian (16E).
in the end we do the best we can as judges. There are a lot of skilled brewers out there, and skillfully made beers can mask alcohol pretty well as Jeff has noted. If multiple rounds perceive
it as in style, nice job. As long as the best beers keep winning, I can live with it.