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

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Local's Stash Rum Barrel Aged Dark Ale With Ginger And Lime by Crazy Mountain is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style, expect the barrel  that is selected to impart its characteristics into the beer from... Read More

Sippin' Pretty

Sippin' Pretty, Odell Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sippin' Pretty by Odell Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the fruit to have a prominent role alongside a funky and/or sour character from the wild fermentation.

Moderate lactic... Read More

Pie Thief

Pie Thief by Wren House Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pie Thief by Wren House is a Wheat Whiskey Barrel Aged Pumpkin Wheat Wine and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood Aged (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect variety depending upon the base style and the spirit barrel. The length of time in the... Read More

Gold IPA

Gold IPA, East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Gold IPA by East Brother Beer Co. is an American IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a strong pale ale that is quite hoppy and bitter, largely showcasing American hop varieties. The beer is hop-... 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

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

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