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The Expert Panel

The Beer Connoisseur® review was conducted as a round table single blind review by our panel of expert judges. Four to six judges reviewed 8-14 beers per session and submitted their individual scores and notes. The scores were averaged into a single score and notes compiled and summarized for publishing in magazine issues 1-14. These reviews have been republished here in this online format.

The names and biographies of the contributing judges were publsihed with each magazine issue and are listed below.

Charlie Gow - Founding Beer Review Coordinator ​(1960 - 2014)
Tim Artz
Tom Cannon
Phil Farrell
Pete Garofalo
Rick Garvin
Lee Anthony Hitchins
Owen Ogletree

My reviews

Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Montreal’s Brasserie McAuslan first fired its kettles in 1989 and with the introduction of St. Ambroise Pale Ale instantly established the company as a mainstay. The Apricot Wheat Ale, infused with natural apricot essence, continues to draw fans from around the world. Bursting with juicy apricot... Read More

Bender

Surly Bender Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Canned beer continues to carve out an increasingly sizeable niche in the American craft beer market, and Surly Brewing’s brown ale, Bender, stands shoulder to shoulder with the best and brightest. A relative newcomer on the scene, the artisans at the Twin Cities-area’s Surly Brewing have rapidly... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Papillion, Nebraska isn’t the first place your average beer hunter might consider when seeking out the origins of eclectic, Belgian-influenced farmhouse ales. Apricot Au Poivre Saison brims with brash, titillating notes of pineapple, citrus fruits, Tellicherry peppercorns, and fresh garden herbs... Read More

Bitter American

21st Amendment Brewery Bitter American
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Just off of San Francisco’s scenic Embarcadero, 21st Amendment Brewery has been turning out California-themed iconic beer styles for over a decade. Its contract-brewed entry into the “session beer” market, Bitter American expresses much more character than one would expect from a beer of only 4.... Read More

Double Simcoe IPA

Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

One of two Pennsylvania breweries represented in this issue’s tasting, Weyerbacher has been treating Atlantic Seaboard beer drinkers to their wares for 15 years now. Boasting a broad lineup of year-round and seasonal brews, Weyerbacher is rightly acclaimed for its “all about the hops” Double... Read More

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