I'm of the mind to agree with Michael and disagree with Dixon. I've seen too many 'higher up' judges get really persnickety when it comes to the # of beers sent per judge pair. I don't think I'll ever see the point in being rigid about it.
If the "worst thing" was that an inexperienced judge pair sent 4 beers, then it'll be the best comp I've ever been to.
It's really no big deal to me as long as the beers that potentially deserve a medal have a shot at it.
Like Michael said (although I'm only a lowly master), would I personally send 4? No. But does that mean that it's a "colossal waste of time"? Nope. Would I rather give 30-60 seconds to a 4th beer that may end up being better than the 2nd or 3rd beer an inexperienced group sent? Sure!
Someone not sending the "your schwarzbier needs to be richer, more body, and more roast" to mini-BOS may rob someone of a medal.
Exactly. Especially when we have so many newer judges that don't know what they're doing... yet.
FWIW, in our area we have a TON of new judges. Our last large comp had 75 judges. 28 of those became BJCP judges in the past year. I do not expect them to know what they are doing yet. But I will surely not let an entry that deserves a shot at a medal not get a shot because of some rigid #'s rule.