« on: August 02, 2015, 05:39:39 AM »
I was thinking about this the other day. I am not yet a BJCP judge, but I am working toward it. My wife and I went to LaConner for the day, and as usual I wanted to check out the local brewery.
It was a brewpub setup. The food was quite good, but the beer was flawed. I got a flight of 5 samples. 3 had astringency issues, 1 had another flaw that I am having trouble recalling. Aside from the flaws, all were uninspired.
The place was very busy, and I wondered how many of the people they were serving noticed any off flavors. I think it takes a seriously bad beer to rise to the level of awareness for most people. But they would probably just say "it was a great little brewery," conflating their whole experience - including the fact that they had a beautiful day in a scenic, cool town with people they liked - into their evaluation of the brewery.