Hi there friends,
After reading a rating of 2.3 for a beer, I stumbled upon this postscript added by the site: “Might want to rinse afterward.”
Two point three. That’s only 0.2 under the actual median of our scale. I’ve always perceived 2.5 not to be crap, but not great either. Unremarkable and not too well balanced, maybe? Or with way too fizzy carbonation. Or too sweet, but otherwise alright. Definitely not great. But not too bad either.
A common compliant on here is that the ratings on UT are way too enthusiastic or uninformed and, thus, too high. In my feeling, derogatory comments like the above for a beer that is a little under okay will steer us toward higher ratings. Plus: it’s hurtful for the brewer as well. Let the reviews be critical, but statements like this one form the site itself are unnecessary and only hurt our status in the beer-rating game.