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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

Forbidden Fields

Forbidden Fields

Forbidden Fields, Grain Theory
Description 

Earthy and complex with notes of hay, white pepper and lemon zest - our Forbidden Fields French Saison made for an evocative partnering with red fruit, smooth tannins, and subtle oaky character of the amazing French Connection merlot barrels we patiently stored them in for 7 months. Each taste builds on the multifaceted nature of this beer creating an intriguing and rewarding experience sip after sip.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.3%
IBUs: 
26
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat, Munich, Vienna, Aromatic
Hops: 
Pacifica

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Forbidden Fields by Grain Theory is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 33B – Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

A deep harvest orange beer sits in the glass in front of me, supporting a fizzy and bubbly, patchy... Read More

Jomax

Jomax by Wren House Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Jomax by Wren House is a Coffee Oatmeal Stout and is being evaluated as an Oatmeal Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16B) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a bold, dark malt presence with varying creaminess based on the amount of oats used. While this style typically has... Read More

Zoigl-Pils

Zoigl-Pils, Zoiglhaus Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Zoigl-Pils by Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. is a North German-Style Pilsner and is being evaluated as a German Pilsner (2015 BJCP Category 5D) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a golden, clean fermented lager based on high-quality German malt and hops. It should be refreshing... Read More

#SabroMo

#SabroMo

Pennsylvania
United States
#SabroMo, Peter B's Brewpub
Description 

Papaya, coconut, tangerine on the nose with grassy and pineapple flavors, Lots of mouthfeel from oats, grapefruit pithy finish and DDH with Sabro and Mosaic at 3lbs per BBL. Don't miss out on this one! #sabromo #FOMO #JOMO

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.7%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
38° F
Malts: 
Two-row, Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Malted Oats
Hops: 
Mosaic, Sabro

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

#SabroMo by Peter B's Brewpub​ is a Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA and is being evaluated as a New England IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style a “juicier” beer than the standard American IPA due to massive amounts of late and/or dry hops.

This... Read More

Rebellious Red Head

Rebellious Red Head

Louisiana
United States
Rebellious Red Head, Low Road Brewing
Description 

An Irish-style red ale with caramel and roasted malt flavors and a dry finish.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
27
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Two-row Pale Malt, Crystal 60L, Roasted Barley
Hops: 
East Kent Golding

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Rebellious Red Head by Low Road Brewing is being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 15A, Irish Red Ale.

I am presented a bold, dark brown ale with dark garnet highlights and a huge, thick and creamy, bubbly beige head. Medium-high... Read More

Endless Siege

Endless Siege

Endless Siege - Barrel Aged Scottish Wee Heavy, Grain Theory
Description 

Indulgently malty and warming, with lavish aromas and flavors of dark fruit, raisin, toffee, and vanilla. Complex, but dangerously smooth. This intensely rich ale is traditionally served in small ("wee") measures. And that's BEFORE you might add one to a fresh Milam & Greene whiskey barrel for a year! So don't say we didn't warn you. In fact, the best way to experience this one is with a friend or three. This decadent bad boy is the perfect bottle-share hero and was crafted to be savored in company of friends during special occasions or to be aged for years to come.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.3%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Pale, Munich, Cara 45
Hops: 
German Tradition

 

 


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Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Endless Siege by Grain Theory is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 33B – Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

A rich brown with mahogany hues supports a few white bubbles that rapidly recede from the top to form a... Read More

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