Reviews

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Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a light orange color with a faint haze. The cream colored head is foamy and has excellent retention. It sticks around for a long time. The aroma is loaded with a strong hop aroma of mango and citrus hops and is backed up by bready... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Catskill’s Eye of Newt is being evaluated as a Flander’s Red (2015 BJCP Category 23B).  One of the difficulties in this style is displacing the sour, acetic acid character without dominating the other attributes in the beer.

Reviewed by: Michael McGuire
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Indecision Pale Ale by Smartmouth Brewing Co. is an American Pale Ale and was judged as one (BJCP sub-style 18B). It poured slightly cloudy and gold into the glass sporting a thick white head with modest retention.

Reviewed by: Michael McGuire
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sommer Fling by Smartmouth Brewing Company is a hefeweizen judged as a weissbeer (BJCP sub-style 10A). It poured a pale straw color into the glass where it set up distinctly cloudy with a thick white head that dissipated quickly.

Reviewed by: Michael McGuire
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

IV Chocolate Porter by Smartmouth Brewing Company is a Chocolate Porter and was judged as an American Porter (BJCP sub-style 20A). It poured very dark brown (opaque) into the glass, sporting a sparse white head with little retention.

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Put your overalls on, Catskill’s Freak Tractor, a “wild ale” is being evaluated as a Brett beer (2015 BJCP Category 28A) due to the nature of the flavors and aromas present without a lot of the characteristic funk that can come from a truly wild... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Catskill’s Ball Lightning Pilsner is being evaluated as a German pilsner (2015 BJCP Category 5D) although different sources of information put it somewhere in limbo land between German and Czech variants.

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Préaris Grand Cru 2015 is a spiced Cognac barrel-aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale, and was evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 34B) offering according to BJCP guidelines.  For this style, the main... Read More

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pfungstadter Schwarzbier is a Schwarzbier, and was evaluated as a Schwarzbier (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 8B) offering according to BJCP guidelines.  For this style, the main characteristics should be smooth roasted... Read More

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pfungstadter Hell is a Helles, and was evaluated as a Munich Helles (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 4A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style, the main characteristic is balanced malt with restrained... Read More

Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Hoptronix by New Belgium is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was reviewed as a Wood-aged Imperial Stout (Category 33A with 20C as declared base style) under the 2015 BJCP guidelines. A big and brash base beer aged in wood is the expectation, and it is certainly met!

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Culture Two by Fulton is labeled as a Golden Ale aged in oak barrel. It was evaluated as being a 28C Wild Specialty Beer in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. As such, there should be a marriage of flavors from the wild fermentation as well as from the... Read More

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Insurrection by Fulton is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. Having just judged this category in the Chicago region of the 2017 AHA 1st round Nationals the previous weekend, I felt that my... Read More

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Standard Lager by Fulton is being evaluated as an International Amber Lager (Category 2B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. As such, it is expected to be a relatively simple mild beer with a touch of interesting caramel malt character. This beer... Read More

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