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

Black Soul RyePA

Black Soul RyePA, Low Road Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Black Soul RyePA from Low Road Brewing was judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21B – Specialty IPA.

A fragrant nose of roasted malt mixed with spicy rye, pine and resin hops greet me at first whiff. The beer is a quite clear dark... Read More

Raspberry Flapjack

Raspberry Flapjack, Urban South Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Raspberry Flapjack by Urban South Brewery is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 34C - Experimental Beer.

An immediate sweat and tart raspberry nose greets me alongside light milk sugar, soft vanilla and... Read More

Hop Gods

Hop Gods, Lakefront Brewery
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hop Gods by Lakefront Brewery is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 22A – Double IPA.

My glass arrives with a hazy, harvest moon orange beer that is mostly covered by a frothy and patchy tight-bubbled... 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

White Oak

White Oak, Urban South Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

White Oak by Urban South Brewery is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 33A – Wood-Aged Beer.

Soft, lightly sweet oak greet me immediately alongside medium cedar, coconut and mandarin orange hops and light... 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

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