Adventures in #beerdata

The craft beer movement was built by brewers who revived forgotten or unfashionable styles, like the India Pale Ale, in the face of Big Lager’s crushing dominance..There are still a lot of IPAs and Stouts in the market, for example, but they have not risen as a share of releases over the time period presented.The craft beer movement has long known for rehabilitating and evolving traditional styles that were swept away in dark ages following the rise of macro lager..We’re sure that the brewery will be extremely appreciative of your unique take on their product.Top and Bottom 10 flavour words used in beer descriptionsLooking to brew a highly rated beer?.If you can get high ratings for one of those then you are truly an innovator and a trend-setter!Craft beer groupthinkThe two largest beer rating databases, Untappd and Ratebeer, tend to attract slightly different audiences..So how do ratings for brews compare across the two largest beer ratings sites, do these two populations think alike.Short answer: mostly.Long answer: ratings are ~65% in agreement (e.g. r² = 0.65), but there are clearly some big outliers and plenty of room for disagreement..Ratebeer ratings are, on average, worse, but for the most part if you know the Untappd rating of a beer you can make a good guess as to the Ratebeer rating, and vice versa..This is particularly true once a beer has attracted a lot of ratings when the wisdom of the beergeek crowd truly kicks in.Style pointsHow do the distribution of beer ratings vary by style?As you can see in the charts below, quite a lot!The spread of scores varies by style and strength, but so does the skew and shape of the distribution..Some styles, such a stouts and sours, have a wide spread of ratings, with the upper end dominated by strong brews (such as Prairie’s Deconstructed Coffee Bomb that we’re currently enjoying).Other styles, particularly lagers and pale ales, are all of similar strength, with a much larger peak of beers achieving mid-level ratings (e.g. 3 to 3.5).These distributions reflect how we connect and relate to these beers..As the graphics below show, the era of beer rating doesn’t really stretch back to the early days of BCS, but we can see over the last decade that BCS and its associated styles peaked in popularity around 2013 or 2014..So keep writing your beer reviews and ratings, and we’ll be exploring your tastes again soon!. More details

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