Do you have a problem with people searching out the highest rated beers? And if so why? Obviously a beer's rating doesn't tell the whole story, and one could feel that a beer's rating is way off the mark. But isn't one of the purposes of this site to lend the beer community a voice? what's the point of that if you don't take that voice into consideration? This is potentially a very expensive hobby, and I almost always consult a beer's ratings before purchasing. I would love to form my own opinion independently about every beer, but neither my wallet nor my liver will allow it. I highly respect the opinions of the BA community, and if they deem a beer extraordinary, then I'm going to seek it out dammit! What say you? Are you an Ahab or a Starbuck? Apologies if this thread, or one like it, already exists.