I was just writing this in another forum post but feel I should repost to its own topic.
I think we need a page that gets us all on the same rules for entering beer styles. Something that says “if it’s a rye IPA, always enter as an IPA. Or a DIPA if over 8%” or something.
When I’m entering beers, I only use non-style catch alls like specialty grain or fruit beer as a matter of last resort if other possibilities are limited. I’ll enter a blood orange IPA as an IPA for example. (Sour IPAs being the only exception - I’d put as sour because to me it seems like the category sour way more represents what the beer is than IPA).
Anyway, whether you agree with me or not, maybe we should all try to figure out an hierarchy tree in which to add beers so we don’t end up with random style entries which aren’t the same often. Maybe a poll, or vote?
I know we talked about deferring to the brewery’s claim before, and I generally agree with that (unless they are so wrong it’s obvious, as in Alexander Keith’s IPA or any brewery that calls a stout less than 7% imperial).
I also know we have 80 pages which give brief definitions of styles. But it would be great to have one link which explain a solid RB policy on categorization with solid rules.
There are always exceptions, but having one page would help sort some of our shit out sometimes I think.
It could say things like “if it says IPA, no matter whether also rye, wheat, oatmeal etc.,” then always go with IPA rather than specialty grain. If it says double, or triple dry hopped and unless it’s otherwise noted as a west coast IPA, then go with Hazy. If it’s an IPA and it’s above 8%, always go with DIPA/Imperial rather than hazy. If it’s black, always go with black IPA no matter the percentage.
Some of this may be common sense I guess, but you know what they say about common sense…