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The Twenty-Point System

A great many systems have been devised in an attempt to assess the quality and qualities of beers, ranging from the common but not-entirely-objective "Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down" method to the American Homebrewers Association's intricate fifty-point scoresheet, used in AHA-sanctioned competitions.

I found an excellent compromise in Fred Eckhardt's book "The Essentials of Beer Style". (Part Three, Chapter Two, Page 153.) He describes a twenty-point scale based on four major components:

Eckhardt goes into great detail on each of these points, including procedures, definitions of flavor terms, etc. If you don't have this book, BUY IT NOW! Of all the books in my brewing library, this is the last one I'd ever give up.

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