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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History

Member for
1 year 11 months

My articles

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:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Lawyers, Guns & Money by Crazy Mountain is a Barleywine and is being evaluated as an American Barleywine (2015 BJCP Category 22C) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a bold, even assertive American hop character and a rich, strong ale which lingers and “one ups”... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Local's Stash Rum Barrel Aged Dark Ale With Ginger And Lime by Crazy Mountain is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style, expect the barrel  that is selected to impart its characteristics into the beer from... Read More

Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hookiebobb IPA by Crazy Mountain is an IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect bold, assertive and aggressive American hops with substantial bitterness. These beers are typically fermented clean and... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Jomax by Wren House is a Coffee Oatmeal Stout and is being evaluated as an Oatmeal Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16B) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a bold, dark malt presence with varying creaminess based on the amount of oats used. While this style typically has... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Black Caddis by Wren House is a dark Porter brewed with chocolate rye, and is being evaluated as an American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a substantial malty beer, both stronger and more aggressive than historical Porters. This beer... Read More

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

Pie Thief by Wren House is a Wheat Whiskey Barrel Aged Pumpkin Wheat Wine and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood Aged (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect variety depending upon the base style and the spirit barrel. The length of time in the... Read More

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