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 reviews

Honey Please

Honey Please, Armadillo Ale Works
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Honey Please by Armadillo Ale Works is a Mesquite Bean Blonde Ale with Texas honey and is being evaluated as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (2015 BJCP Category 30A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer to remain present while spice, herb, or vegetable... Read More

Hazy Boom

Hazy Boom, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hazy Boom by Garage Brewing Co. was judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21B, Specialty IPA: New England IPA.

The beer arrives displaying its cloudy, rich, straw/golden color with light orange hues and a large, frothy white head with long retention. The aroma is of... Read More

Jet Black Scream

Jet Black Scream, Gnarly Barley Brewing
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

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

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout by Garage Brewing Co. was judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 29A, Fruit Beer.

An initial fragrant, lightly perfumed cherry aroma draws my immediate attention to the glass where a brilliantly clear black beer awaits. Upon first full... 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

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