It's been mentioned somewhere before, but it seems that lately, only the most intense of the styles are winning in their categories... like RIS or IPA. Not a trend I welcome, but I guess it is what it is.
Not likely to be awarded for nailing a great English Mild... or a solid Belgian Blonde, at least at NHC levels.
The danger of this data is it may drive folks to enter the more extreme substyles and outweigh a really great beer. Would be cool if Gordon could weigh in on this trend.