About our ratings


Our rating styles

Chelsea and I are both very different, but we do talk about things and try to come to an accord. On the 5-star ratings you can expect that Chelsea exhibited a greater influence on setting the score and on the 100 point drink ratings it may be a mixed bag.  Chelsea likes sours and I like malty things. 

5-star ratings

These types are ratings reserved for establishments and activities like restaurants, hotels, wineries or activities that went through an organization like an ATV Rental. Generally a works like this

  • 1 star | Will not be returning
  • 2 star | Eh
  • 3 star | About what we would expect it to be
  • 4 star | We like it, we will come back
  • 5 Star | It’s seriously the best we don’t know why we told you. We should have kept it as a secret for ourselves.

100 Point Drink Ratings

Think about it in terms of percentages or like grades on a test. The higher the number the more we liked it. We use the 100 point scale for drinks to allow for a deeper and better comparison of what we like. Check out our archives to see what rises to the top.

Why are some things not scored? 

While we have tasted many things, we have not always tasted them in ways that allow the beer or wine to stand on their own merits. With a beer flight or wine tasting having multiple options can easily ruin the palate and influence the rating.

How to taste a Beer

  1. Look
    • Examine the color of the beer and the foamy head. The color will give an indication of the type of flavors to expect. Is it clear or hazy? Carmely brown or light yellow?
  2. Swirl
    • Be gentle but allow some aeration of the bubbles to occur. This will help pull out more of the aromas.
  3. Sniff
    • Breathe in thru your nose once maybe twice.
    • Breath in thru your mouth.
    • Allow your senses to get accustomed to the alcohol flavors.
  4. Taste
    • Sip the beer
    • Let it flow over your entire palate.
    • Note the feel and consistency.
    • Try to detect any salty flavors or sweetness the acidity or bitterness. Try to describe it in terms you can relate to.
  5. Enjoy it again when it has warmed up a little bit. 
    • Colder temperatures can mute some of the complexities of what you can taste. Allowing it to slowly warm up lets more of the true flavors to be exposed. 

How to taste Wine

Coming Soon!