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

La Gosa Rita

La Gosa Rita, Lakefront Brewery
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

La Gosa Rita by Lakefront Brewery is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 31B – Alternative Sugar Beer.

I am presented with a glass full of a lightly hazy yellow beer with rising bubbles that congregate... Read More

Honeycomb Hideout

Honeycomb Hideout, Low Road Brewing
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Honeycomb Hideout from Low Road Brewing was judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 31B – Alternative Sugar Beer, though the base style is an American Wheat Beer.

Fresh raw honey notes emerge above the huge, frothy and coarse-bubbled... 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

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Four Seasons - Autumn '18 by Mother Earth Brew Co. is a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with toasted coconut, steel-cut oats and burnt sugar and 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 gather... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Blood Orange Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing Co is being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 29A – Fruit Beer.

Huge, fragrant and freshly squeezed blood orange emerges from below the thick, frothy white head, which is sitting atop a... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Redux on Vanilla Clouds Marshmallow Milk Stout by Garage Brewing Co. is being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 33B – Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

Bourbon or beer, a blind sniff does not reveal the truth? The Buffalo Trace Bourbon... Read More

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