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

Rebellious Red Head

Rebellious Red Head, Low Road Brewing
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

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter by Low Road Brewing is an American Porter with peanut butter from Low Road Brewing. I am judging this according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 30A, Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer.

The glass arrives showing... Read More

Racer 500

Racer 500, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Racer 500 by Bear Republic is an “Indy Pale Ale” and is being evaluated as an IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a hoppy and bitter beer with balanced malt character. These are bolder than American Pale Ales and present a hop-forward balance... Read More

Citrus IPA

Citrus IPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Citrus IPA by Garage Brewing Co. is a Fruited IPA and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (2015 BJCP Category 29A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the fruit to add character to the base beer, but not overwhelm it. For an American IPA expect a hoppy and bitter beer... Read More

Black Caddis

Black Caddis by Wren House Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Black Caddis by Wren House is a dark Porter brewed with chocolate rye, and is being evaluated as an American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a substantial malty beer, both stronger and more aggressive than historical Porters. This beer... Read More

Lawyers, Guns & Money

Lawyers Guns & Money by Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Lawyers, Guns & Money by Crazy Mountain is a Barleywine and is being evaluated as an American Barleywine (2015 BJCP Category 22C) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a bold, even assertive American hop character and a rich, strong ale which lingers and “one ups”... Read More

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