Commercial Calibration

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About Commercial Calibration

One way beer judges check their palates is by using commercial “calibration beers”—classic versions of the style they represent.

Zymurgy magazine has assembled a panel of four judges who have attained the rank of Grand Master in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). Each issue, they score two widely available commercial beers (meads or ciders) using the BJCP score sheet. Download your own score sheet, pick up a bottle of the beverages and judge them yourself!

Commercial Calibration Index

Zymurgy Issue

Beers Discussed

July/August 2015 Specialty IPA

  • Deschutes Brewery Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Grand Teton Brewing Bitch Creek Extra Special Brown
May/June 2015 Soured Fruit Beer

  • Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch Sour
  • Cascade Brewing Barrel House Cascade Apricot Ale
March/April 2015 Gose

  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co. The Kimmie, The Yink and The Holy Gose
  • Westbrook Brewing Co. Westbrook Gose
January/February 2015 New England Cider/Perry

  • Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them Apples
  • Snowdrift Cider Co. Perry
November/December 2014 Porter/Stout

  • Boulder Beer Company Shake Chocolate Porter
  • Lakewood Brewing Co. The Temptress
September/October 2014 Lager

  • Ska Brewing Co. Mexican Logger
  • Upslope Brewing Co. Craft Lager
July/August 2014 India Pale Ale

  • Anchor Brewing Anchor IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Session IPA
May/June 2014 Scottish Ales

  • Four Peaks Brewing Co. Kilt Lifter
  • Bristol Brewing Co. Laughing Lab
March/April 2014 English Mild

  • NOLA Brewing Co. NOLA Brown Ale
  • Yards Brewing Co. Brawler
January/February 2014 Beer/Wine Hybrid

  • Dogfish Head Sixty-One
  • Allagash Victoria Ale
November/December 2013 Specialty Cider

  • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Anthem Hops
  • Alpenfire Orchards Calypso Semi Sweet
September/October 2013 Cream Ale

  • Foothills Brewing Carolina Blonde
  • Ninkasi Brewing Co. Nuptiale R&D Cream Ale
July/August 2013 Imperial IPA

  • New Belgium Brewing Co. Rampant Imperial IPA
  • Flying Dog Brewery El Dorado Imperial IPA
May/June 2013 Düsseldorf Altbier

  • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery OMB Copper
  • Tyranena Brewing Co. Headless Man
March/April 2013 Berliner Weisse

  • Crabtree Brewing Co. Crabtree Berliner Weisse
  • Odell Brewing Co. The Meddler
January/February 2013 Belgian Dark Strong Ale

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Brother Thelonius
  • Boulevard Brewing Co. Sixth Glass
November/December 2012 Cyser/Mead with Apples

  • Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie
  • B. Nektar Zombie Killer
September/October 2012 Common Cider & Dunkelweizen

  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
  • Fish Brewing Co. Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
July/August 2012 Imperial IPA

  • Sun King Brewing Co. Isis
  • Sixpoint Brewing Co. Resin
May/June 2012 Malt-forward Ale

  • Breckenridge Brewery Pandora’s Bock
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Monster Ale
March/April 2012 Stout

  • Moylan’s Brewery Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
  • Snake River Brewing Co. Zonker Stout
January/February 2012 Ordinary/Special Bitter & Lambic

  • Firestone Walker DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
  • Upland Brewing Co Kiwi Lambic
November/December 2011 Pilsner

  • East Coast Beer Co Beach Haus
  • Left Hand Brewing Co. Polestar Pilsner
September/October 2011 Farmhouse Ale

  • Great Divide Brewing Co. Colette
  • Two Brothers Brewing Co. Domain DuPage
July/August 2011 Mead

  • White Winter Winery White Winter Sweet Mead
  • Celestial Meads Que Syrah Pyment
May/June 2011 Lager

  • Smuttynose Brewing Co. Baltic Porter
  • Summit Brewing Co. Maibock
March/April 2011 Barleywine

  • Green Flash Brewing Co. Barleywine
  • Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws
January/February 2011 Scottish Ale & Blonde Ale

  • Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub
  • Ska Brewing Co. True Blonde
November/December 2010 India Black Ale & Belgian Strong Golden Ale

  • Deschutes Brewery Hop in the Dark
  • Russian River Damnation
September/October 2010 American Light Lager & Bohemian Pilsner

  • Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Endless Summer Light
  • Bell’s Brewery Bell’s Lager
July/August 2010 Bock

  • New Glarus Brewing Cabin Fever
  • Tommyknocker Brewery Butt Head Bock
May/June 2010 Wheat Beer

  • Southampton Publick House Double White
  • Rogue Ales Somer Orange Honey Ale
March/April 2010 Specialty Beer (Trippel & IPA)

  • The Bruery Trade Winds Trippel
  • Elysian Brewing Co. Avatar Jasmine IPA
January/February 2010 Sour

  • The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze
  • New Belgium Brewing Co. La Folie
November/December 2009 Dark Lager

  • Full Sail Brewing Session Black Premium Dark Lager
  • Capital Brewery Capital Dark
September/October 2009 Session Beer

  • Avery Brewing Co. Ellie’s Brown Ale
  • Boulevard Brewing Co. Wheat
July/August 2009 India Pale Ale (IPA)

  • Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
  • Wild Goose Brewery IPA
May/June 2009 Belgian-style Beer

  • Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Oro de Calabaza
March/April 2009 Amber Ale & Oatmeal Stout

  • Clipper City Brewing Co. Oxford Organic Amber Ale
  • Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout
January/February 2009 Stout

  • Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co. Cappucino Stout
November/December 2008  American Pale Ale & Porter

  • Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty Ale
  • Boulder Beer Co. Planet Porter
September/October 2008 Cider

  • Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider
  • West County Cider Reine de Pomme
July/August 2008 Weizenbock & Pale Ale

  • Samuel Adams Longshot – Weizenbock
  • Samuel Adams Longshot – Grape Pale Ale
May/June 2008 Irish Red Ale & German-style Lager

  • Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale
  • Tröegs Brewing Co. Troegenator
March/April 2008 German-style Lager

  • Stoudt’s Brewing Co. Stoudt’s Gold
  • Sprecher Brewing Co. Black Bavarian Style
January/February 2008 Winter Warmer

  • Harpoon Brewery Winter Warmer
  • Pyramid Breweries Snow Cap
November/December 2007 Stout & Porter

  • Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  • Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Russian Stout
September/October 2007 German Beers

  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. Marzen
  • Victory Brewing Co. Golden Monkey
July/August 2007 Rye Pale Ale & Oatmeal Stout

  • Terrapin Beer Co. Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
May/June 2007 Imperial Stout & India Pale Ale (IPA)

  • Great Divide Brewing Co. Oak Aged Yeti
  • Breckenridge Brewery 471 IPA
March/April 2007 Mead

  • Redstone Meadery Juniper Mountain Honey Wine
  • The Rabbit’s Foot Meadery Apple Cyser
January/February 2007 Winter Warmer

  • Odell Brewing Co. Curmudgeon’s Nip
  • Allagash Brewing Co. Allagash Dubbel
November/December 2006 Fruit Beer & Pumpkin Beer

  • Magic Hat Brewing Co. #9
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Punkin Ale
September/October 2006 “Lawnmower” Beer

  • Saint Arnold Brewery Fancy Lawnmower Beer
  • Snake River Brewing Co. Vienna Style Lager
July/August 2006 Smoked Porter

  • Alaskan Brewing Co. Smoked Porter (1997)
  • Alaskan Brewing Co. Smoked Porter (2005)
May/June 2006 Hefeweizen & Porter

  • Flying Dog Brewery In-Heat Wheat
  • Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter
March/April 2006 Amber Ale

  • Bridgeport Brewing Co. English ESB
  • North Coast Brewing Co. Red Seal Ale
January/February 2006 Winter Warmer/Old Ale & American IPA

  • Redhook Brewery Winterhook
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Celebration
September/October 2005 Bohemian Pilsner & Stout

  • Boston Beer Co. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Rogue Ales Shakespeare Stout
May/June 2005 German Altbier & Specialty Beer

  • Alaskan Brewing Co. Alaskan Amber
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Indian Brown Ale
March/April 2005 Northern English Brown Ale & American Pale Ale

  • Wolaver’s Brown Ale
  • Fish Tale Organic Ales Wild Salmon Pale Ale
January/February 2005 Witbier & Dubbel

  • Michigan Brewing Co. Celis White
  • New Belgium Brewing Co. Abbey
November/December 2004 American Pale Ale & American IPA

  • Victory Brewing Co. Hop Devil
  • Rogue Ales Brutal Bitter
September/October 2004 Semi-Sweet Mead & English Cider

  • Mountain Meadows Meadery Sierra Nectar Wildflower Mead
  • White Oak Cider White Oak Cider
July/August 2004 American Pale Ale & California Common

  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Anchor Brewing Anchor Steam