The exam that I sat with gmwren was my first shot at the exam. I had no idea as to what I had bitten off. I went from not knowing how the BJCP was organized to sitting for the entrance and beer judging exam literally within the span of a week. Looking back and knowing what I know now, it's amazing that I was able to get that far. Luckily, I did not know enough about the beer judging exam to attempt to "game" it.Good to see that you listened to some of the tough critics and tried again, and had a better result.
I had the opportunity to re-sit for the beer judging exam early last fall as a high number on a waiting list. I am glad that I spent time judging before sitting for this exam session because no doctored beers were served. The real world flaws in the beers served during this session were much more subtle than the heavily doctored beers that were served at the exam that I sat with gmwren (he was not kidding when he stated that three awful beers were followed by a beer that appeared to be ringer). I just did my best to describe the beers that were placed in front of me, and I made certain that I filled the white space on each score sheet. My motto is now, "When in doubt, fill the score sheet out!"
I need to try the tasting again.
Agreed- I'm really glad you didn't throw in the towel. Judging seems very easy from the outside looking in, but as you have proven, its more than just drinking a bunch of free beer.
Get signed up to judge now. It's competition season!
Also, the NHC 1st round is coming soon, too. That's a great place to get more experience. The judge directors will pair new judges with experienced ones, provided you let them know you are in your first few months, so make sure you tell them. There are plenty of highly experienced guys around at the big events, so chances are good you'll get to judge with one or two of them.