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Brad Darnell

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Beer Judge

Brad became interested in the science behind beer while taking a senior Chemical Engineering 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 II rank, currently serving as the Mountain/Northwest Regional Representative and Associate Exam Director 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 reviews

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Irish Coffee Barrel-Aged Legion by Community Beer Co. is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer to remain present while the barrel-aged character provides additional character from the barrel contact... Read More

Jet Black Scream

Jet Black Scream

Louisiana
United States
Jet Black Scream, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

Have you felt like you’re screaming in a pitch black tunnel for the last year? No? Just us? Well in any case, we’ve got just the thing to help you drown out the noise. It’s about as metal as an IPA can get... Introducing Jet Black Scream IPA - a collab with the South Louisiana Craft Beer Club

Beverage Profile
Malts: 
Two-row, Crystal 45, Crystal 60, Midnight Wheat
Hops: 
Amarillo, Centennial, Citra Cryo

 

 


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Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Jet Black Scream by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21B - Specialty IPA: Black IPA.

A moderate roasted black malt aroma mixed with fresh floral and pine hops greets my nose. The beer pours a clear black with dark brown hues and... Read More

Old Gold

Old Gold

Texas
United States
Old Gold, Grain Theory
Description 

Old Gold is the product of years of tweaking. Originating as a homebrew recipe that was brewed many many times until it medaled at the national level. Fast Forward about 10 years and now it is a taproom favorite at the brewpub. Grain Theory features a wraparound balcony on the 2nd floor in downtown Abilene, Texas. A crisp, easy, and traditional light lager that satisfies our hot little West Texas community on our sunny balcony.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.6%
IBUs: 
23
Served at: 
40
Malts: 
Pilsner, Light Munich
Hops: 
East Kent Goldings, Saaz, Tettnager

 

 


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Judges Rating:
72
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Old Gold by Grain Theory is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 5D – German Pils.

The glass arrives with a nearly clear dark golden orange beer and a small bubbly white that persists as a thin and patchy... Read More

Racer 500

Racer 500, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Racer 500 by Bear Republic is an “Indy Pale Ale” and is being evaluated as an IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a hoppy and bitter beer with balanced malt character. These are bolder than American Pale Ales and present a hop-forward balance... Read More

Tropical Squeeze

Tropical Squeeze, Armadillo Ale Works
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Tropical Squeeze by Armadillo Ale Works is a Fruited Sour Ale with mango, guava and passion fruit and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 38C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a sour and/or funky version of the base fruit, spice or herb... Read More

He Is Resin

He Is Resin

Louisiana
United States
He Is Resin, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

We decided to celebrate the arrival of spring with the dankest thing we could fathom: a piney, resinous IPA laden with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops. Put on your drinkin pants, y’all, cause it’s time to rise to the occasion with He is Resin: West Coast IPA

Beverage Profile
Malts: 
Two-row, Cara-Pils
Hops: 
Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

He Is Resin is a West Coast IPA from Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21A - American IPA.

Heavy fresh citrus and pine hops emanate from the glass as I lift it towards me and then I perceive the lightly sweet bread malt and... Read More

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