Browsing shelves in a large bottle shop a lot of unknown beers stand out begging to be bought. The packaging, beer name, brewery name all can make for a tempting buy. rather than succumb to a promise that is not fulfilled I have been using this rule of thumb: look up the beer on BA. Click on Top Reviewers and take the average of the top 3 reviewers. if that average is 3.5 or higher then I would say it is at least worth trying if the beer seems appealing for all the reasons mentioned above. I have been using this method for awhile now and it has kept me from buying very many bad beers. anyone else do something similar?