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 and took the class on a brewery tour. He has since begun home brewing and earned a BJCP National rank, currently serving as volunteer exam grader while continuing to judge competitions around the U.S. 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.

 

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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

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

J-Box

J-Box, Trickster's Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

J-Box by Trickster's Brewing Co. is a Northwestern Style India Pale Ale (IPA), and I am judging this beer according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21A, American IPA.

The beer presents a mostly clear dark gold color with a large, foamy and bubbly nearly off-white head that's... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale by The Boston Beer Co., and I am judging this according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 30B, Autumn Seasonal Beer.

A medium-sweet pumpkin and yam aroma greats my nose alongside typical pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. The... Read More

Arches Festbier

Arches Festbier, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Arches Festbier by Arches Brewing is an Oktoberfest-style lager that I am judging according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 4B, Festbier.

A brilliantly clear and sparkling bright copper-colored beer supports a large, bubbly beige head that persists somewhat. Rich caramel malt... Read More

East Brother Red IPA

East Brother Red IPA, East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

East Brother Red IPA by East Brother Beer Co. is a Red IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect an American IPA with more flavorful malt such as caramel, toffee, and/or dark fruit, but not sweet... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

East Brother Belgian Tripel by East Brother Beer Co. is a Belgian Tripel and is being evaluated as a Belgian Tripel (2015 BJCP Category 26C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a clean malt flavor and a spicy, dry, strong character that is fairly aromatic.

The... Read More

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