« on: February 25, 2015, 08:11:30 PM »
I find them helpful for what is allowed in the style, but not necessarily considered to be "required", as well as those aspects that are absent, because they are supposed to be absent. Keeping all of that in my head is the problem. You must be pretty good to work without the style guidelines. I suppose iit comes with time, but when entering a beer and getting dinged for a characteristic that is perfectly permissible, one wishes that the judge read the style guidelines more carefully....just sayin. Again, I am sitting for the taste exam in June, so maybe I will come away with a different perspective, but I doubt it. I felt the same way about the bar exam when I took it and passed. And still feel the same way about it.