I entered my blonde ale into a small local beer contest. My beer was judged by a certified judge and a non-cert judge. I received a 33 overall score and a nice write up. I understand that a 33, or very good, is where most beers fall.
I was really curious to see what someone would say about my beer and figured for the $9 entry fee it was worth it. The one thing was it was judged as slightly over carbonated. I have to agree having tried one yesterday. Everything else was within the style range, but it was obvious from one comment they were looking for something with a little more bite.
Overall a good experience and I liked getting the comments/recommendations.