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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

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

Amber Ale

Bluegrass Brewing Amber Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Kentucky’s popular Altbier, modeled after the North German Altbier style, boasts a grain bill featuring Munich, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts. Another notably clear beer judged by our tasting panel, Bluegrass Brewing’s eye-friendly entry displays a copper shade with amber hues – a color on... Read More

Tire Bite

Retired Tire Bite
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With Tire Bite Golden Ale, Flying Dog shows why they are a powerhouse, perennially award-winning brewery. Exceptionally well-crafted, this brew is crisp, refreshing and reminiscent of the fruitier examples of the classic Kölschbiers. Pours an inviting brilliant gold, topped by a meringue-like,... 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

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

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