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 reviews

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

180 Shilling

180 Shilling, Odell Brewing
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

180 Shilling by Odell Brewing Co. is an Oak-Aged Ale and is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 22A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect intense hoppiness supported by malt without being as sweet as an American Barleywine.

I am presented with a... Read More

Big Lake Camper

Big Lake Brewing Big Lake Camper, Big Lake Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Big Lake Camper by Big Lake Brewing is a New England Style IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: New England IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a juicy and hazy version of an American IPA, emphasizing late and dry hops, tropical... Read More

Lake King

 Big Lake Brewing Lake King, Big Lake Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lake King by Big Lake Brewing is a West Coast IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect intense hoppiness supported by malt and showcasing New World hop varieties.

The beers pours a lightly hazy... Read More

Hammer Chain

Hammer Chain, Odell Brewing
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hammer Chain by Odell Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Double IPA (2015 BJCP Category 22A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect intense hoppiness supported by malt without being as sweet as an American Barleywine.

The initial look shows a lightly hazy golden... Read More

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