Brad Darnell

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Beer Judge

Brad became interested in the science behind beer while taking a senior elective course, Biochemical Engineering, where the professor spoke of enzymes (among other things) and took the class on a brewery tour. He has since begun home brewing and earned a BJCP Grand Master I rank, currently serving as volunteer exam grader while continuing to judge competitions around the U.S. and educating himself and others. In his spare time Brad visits breweries around the world, always on the hunt for those who produce world-class examples of hard-to-find, obscure or innovative styles.

My articles

Whiskey. Every libation-loving person across the world knows about this wonderful beverage, which refers to a barrel-aged distilled spirit made from...
Anchor Christmas Ale 20Anchor's annual Christmas Ale has become a mainstay of the holiday season.17
Cool, crisp air ushers in a new season while the pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers of late summer and fall slowly give way their shelf space and tap...
Inside the Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest tent. (Photo Credit: Jim Kelly)
The dog days of summer linger stubbornly for many of us around the world, while elsewhere the nights begin their gradual transition towards crisp...

My reviews

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

You've Got A Friend In Me by Peter B's Brewpub is a Barrel-Aged Amber and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer style blended well with characteristics picked up during the wood-aging (... Read More

Soul Sacrifice

Soul Sacrifice, Peter B's Brewpub
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Soul Sacrifice by Peter B's Brewpub is a Mexican hot chocolate-inspired bourbon barrel-aged imperial red and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer style blended well with... Read More

#SabroMo

#SabroMo, Peter B's Brewpub
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

#SabroMo by Peter B's Brewpub​ is a Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA and is being evaluated as a New England IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style a “juicier” beer than the standard American IPA due to massive amounts of late and/or dry hops.

This... Read More

Sequester Nectar

Sequester Nectar, Peter B's Brewpub
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sequester Nectar by Peter B's Brewpub is a Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA and is being evaluated as a New England IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style a “juicier” beer than the standard American IPA is expected due to massive amounts of late and/or dry... Read More

Lounging Iguanas

Lounging Iguanas, Abita Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Lounging Iguanas by Abita Brewing Co. is a Hazy (aka New England) India Pale Ale (IPA), and I am judging this beer according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21B, Specialty IPA: New England IPA.

The beer pours moderately hazy and cloudy straw gold with a large, bubbly and foamy... Read More

Quad Stack

Quad Stack, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Quad Stack by Pontoon Brewing is a Belgian Quadrupel-style ale (a Belgian Dark Strong Ale in BJCP categorization) brewed with maple syrup. I am judging this according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 31B, Alternative Sugar Beer, due to the maple syrup... Read More

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