What if beer ratings didn’t exist? I imagine the “New England-style” IPA and barrel-aged stout would still be popular, because they do taste good. There isn’t a highly rated beer out there that I know of that flat out tastes awful. But would there still be lines for beer? Would certain styles not be as popular (IPA/stouts as mentioned before)? It’s sort of a, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it…” scenario. If no one rates a beer highly, would as many people seek it out? People would have to…you know…go to a brewery or buy a beer and try it. And if they like it, they buy more. How else would this effect the beer landscape?