Leave it to America’s prestigious academic institutions to help beer geeks better understand themselves. Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec at Stanford University have used RateBeer.com to help map this out.
How they did it.
Basically, McAuley and Leskovec broke down beer styles into lagers, mild ales, and strong ales. Then, each beer was broken down into rankings based on the individuals experience level. (based on number of rankings.) Experts have more than 50 reviews.
This image shows that relationship of beer style to expert level. Basically, strong ales are most liked by experts. Specifically Firestone-Walker’s anniversary beer XV.
Read the paper HERE.