Judging of the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards will take place at Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia Thursday 12 May through Saturday 14 May.
Entries will be allocated a Tasting Order Number, separate from the Catalogue (Exhibit) Number, to ensure the anonymity of the Exhibit and to retain the integrity of the judging process. Additionally, Exhibits will be judged ‘blind’. Exhibits are judged according to class (style) and are critically and quantitatively evaluated for their commercial excellence, quality attributes and trueness to type. Exhibits are not judged or ranked against each other but are assessed on their own merits.
Attribute scores for each Exhibit will be awarded, checked, and entered by the judging panel. Classes will be judged to Bronze, Silver and Gold medal. The process for determining the trophy winner of each category requires an additional level of scrutiny. The gold medal beers from each category will be individually and independently reassessed and ranked using the Borda Count method – only Gold Medal awarded Exhibits are eligible for trophies. To illustrate the ranking, if there are four (4) Gold Medal Pilsner Exhibits, those four Exhibits will be reassessed and ranked from highest (best) to lowest with three (3) being the highest, two (2), one (1), and zero (0), with the highest scoring Exhibit (in this example, the Exhibit ranked three ) winning the Best Pilsner Trophy. If there are five (5) Gold Medal Pilsner Entries, the rank is from four (4) to zero (0), and so on.
Exhibits entered into Trophy Classes 1 to 19 will be scored out of twenty (20) points and will be assessed against the following criteria: