I'm entering an IPA only contest in Washington in a little less than a month's time. I have a question about how stringent judges adhere to the BJCP guidelines. Basically my quandary is that I intend to enter an American IPA that adheres to all style guidelines, but the IBU's came out high at 88, which is above the style. ABV, SRM etc. misses the style for an Imperial by too much. Do you enter it as is, in the American IPA category or into the Other IPA category where you'll be competing with who knows what? The IBU is strictly a Brewtoad calculation, maybe it's not even accurate. Doesn't taste to hoppy to me and I know a hoppy beer.
1.071 OG : 1.014 FG : 88 IBU : 6 °L SRM : 7% ABV - According to Brewtoad
Galena (bittering), Australian Summer, Falconer's Flight, Citra and Mosaic (Everything else)
My first Citrus based IPA. Love the only bottle I've tried so far (ten days of carbonating). Bless this cold weather with it's easy cold crashing capabilities.
Thanks, I'm new at this organized competition thing.