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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

pFriem West Coast IPA

pFriem West Coast IPA

pFriem West Coast IPA, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Believe it! A crushable and crisp IPA that screams ‘West Coast.’ Let the bright notes of kiwi & tangerine convince you.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Rahr Pale Malt
Hops: 
Citra, Strata, Strata CGX

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem West Coast IPA by pFriem Family Brewers ws judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21A – American IPA.

I am presented with a slightly hop-hazy straw-colored beer with a one-inch head of mixed-size bubbles,... Read More

Hookiebobb IPA

Hookiebobb IPA by Crazy Mountain Brewing Co
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

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

Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale

Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale

Massachusetts
United States
Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale by The Boston Beer Co.
Description 

Jack-O's cinnamon and nutmeg aromas recall memories of freshly baked pumpkin pie. It has the ideal balance of seasonal spices and real pumpkin with a crisp, refreshing finish.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.4%
IBUs: 
8
Malts: 
Samuel Adams Two-Row Pale Malt Blend, Malted Wheat
Hops: 
Hallertau-Hallertau

 

 


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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

Black Soul RyePA

Black Soul RyePA

Louisiana
United States
Black Soul RyePA, Low Road Brewing
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
61
Malts: 
Pale Malt, Rye Malt, Chocolate Malt, Dark Munich Malt
Hops: 
Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic

 

 


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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

pFriem Oktoberfest

pFriem Oktoberfest

Oregon
USA
pFriem Oktoberfest, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world, but you don’t have to go to all the way to Germany to celebrate. pFriem Oktoberfest is our easy-drinking tribute. Its notes of honey, sourdough, and white grape will have you celebrating stateside.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.1%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Weyermann Pilsner, Gambrinus Pilsner, Weyermann Vienna
Hops: 
Spalt, Tettnang

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem Oktoberfest by pFriem Family Brewers was judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 4B – Festbier.

A lightly hazy, rich and deep golden straw-colored beer arrives with a two-inch tall, bubbly and somewhat fizzy... Read More

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