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Beer Review (Issue 27)

 World Class | N10 Imperial Blended Ale by Ninkasi | Pogue's Run Porter by Flat12 Bierworks
World Class | N10 Imperial Blended Ale by Ninkasi | Pogue's Run Porter by Flat12 Bierworks

Judging Process
Our reviews are conducted in a single-blind tasting format. This method provides the best opportunity to rely on facts and to avoid favoritism, ensuring a level playing field for all brewers. It serves both the industry and the consumer to have unbiased and objective scores from qualified experts. To best implement this approach, the Judges Review is open to those with established experience as a Master Cicerone® from the Cicerone® Certification Program or as a judge that has accomplished the rank of National or higher from the Beer Judge Certification Program. In the single-blind tasting format, judges are presented with a chilled, properly poured beer and given its style category. Scoring is then done on the following basis using a 100-point scale:

Score Breakdown:
100 to 96: World Class 
 You need this beer in your life.
95 to 91: Exceptional  Don’t hesitate.
90 to 86: Very Good  A brew to savor.
85 to 75: Average – Somewhat unimpressive.
74 and below: Not Recommended  Just walk away.


World Class (100 to 96)


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97
by Michael Heniff
N10 Imperial Blended Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company

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96
by Rick Franckhauser
Pogue's Run Porter
Flat12 Bierwerks

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Exceptional (95 to 91)


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95
by Rick Franckhauser
SFY
Threes Brewing

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95
by Richard Wong
Jolly Roger Black Lager
Eddyline Brewing

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95

by Rick Franckhauser
Funkier Pumpkin
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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95
by Dan Martich
Stowaway
Baxter Brewing Co.

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94
by Jim Koebel
Nectar & Knife
Triple Crossing Brewing Co.

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94
by Rick Franckhauser
Extra Dry
Stillwater Artisanal

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94
by Rick Franckhauser
One Hop This Time
Night Shift Brewing

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94
by Michael Bury
Gear Up IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery

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94
by Dan Martich
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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93
by Rick Franckhauser
Morph
Night Shift Brewing

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93
by Richard Wong
Crank Yanker IPA
Eddyline Brewing

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93
by Sal Mortillaro II
Autumn Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

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92
by Randy Scorby
Shot in the Dark Oatmeal Porter
Wildcard Brewing Co.

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92
by Rick Franckhauser
Pullman Pilsner
South County Brewing Co.

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92
by Nelson Crowle
Payette Oktoberfest
Payette Brewing Co.

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92
by David Sapsis
Frontman IPA
Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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91
by Dan Martich
30th Anniversary West London-Style Ale
Summit Brewing Co.

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91
by Jessica Sullivan
Coastal Evacuation
Cape May Brewing Co.

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Very Good (90 to 86)


90  |  Ok2berfest Marzen, Two Raods Brewing by Dan Martich
90  |  Whabbit Wheat, Red Hare Brewing Co. by Rodney A. Tillinghast
90  |  SPF 50/50, Red Hare Brewing Co. by Rodney A. Tillinghast
90  |  Whirlpool, Night Shift Brewing by Rick Franckhauser
90  |  Hopgasm, Manayunk Brewing Co. by James Link
90  |  Red Evelyn, Black Shirt Brewing Co. by David Sapsis
90  |  Harvest Apple, Big B's Juices & Hard Cider, by Randy Scorby
90  |  Rapturous, Three Taverns Craft Brewery, by Rodney A. Tillinghast
89  |  Gangway IPA, Red Hare Brewing Co. by Rodney A. Tillinghast
89  |  Nutty Brunette, Frog Level Brewing by Sal Mortillaro II
88  |  Up The Creek, Thomas Creek Brewery by Sean Coughlin
88  |  Velour Soccer Mom, Sun King Brewing by Pat Mulloy
88  |  SanTan Oktoberfest, SanTan Brewing Company by John C. Tull
88  |  Atlas, Reformation Brewery by Graham L. Barron
88  |  Incorrigible Reserve, New Holland Brewing Co. by Michael McGuire
88  |  Fort Collins Oktoberfest, Fort Collins Brewery by Richard Wong
87  |  Walkabout Pale Ale, Flat 12 Bierwerks by Rick Franckhauser
86  |  Domestique by Anthem Brewing Co. by Sal Mortillaro II


Average (85 to 75)


85  |  471 Small Batch IPA, Breckenridge Brewery by Sal Mortillaro II
84  |  Face Melter Hibiscus IPA, Burnt City Brewing by Sandy Cockerham
82  |  The Skeg, Cape May Brewing Co. by Jessica Sullivan
81  |  Trifecta IPA, Thomas Creek Brewery by Sean Coughlin
81  |  Retrofit Lime Radler, Burnt City Brewing by Sandy Cockerham
80  |  Cadence, Reformation Brewery by Mike Castagno
80  |  Consolation Prize, Lord Hobo Brewing Company by Michael Bury
79  |  Salamander Slam, Frog Level Brewing by Sal Mortillaro II
78  |  Sour Monkey, Victory Brewing Company by Dan Martich
78  |  Nom Nom, Barley Forge Brewing Co. by Michael Heniff