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:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Local’s Stash Juniper Pale Ale by Crazy Mountain is brewed with grapefruit, juniper berries and lime and is being evaluated as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (2015 BJCP Category 30A) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a blend of spice, herb and/or vegetables... 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

Carina Peach Sour Ale

Carina Peach Sour Ale by Ecliptic Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Carina Peach Sour Ale by Ecliptic is a Sour Peach Ale and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a sour fruited version of a fruit beer.

Soft, supple peach skin and flesh greet my nose immediately as I... Read More

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

Local's Stash: Raspberry Belgian Style Quad by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a Quadruple Ale and is being evaluated as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (2015 BJCP Category 26D) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect rich malt and dark fruits which create complexity within... Read More

Fastback Racer

Fastback Racer, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Fastback Racer by Bear Republic Brewing Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (2015 BJCP Category 22A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style, expect intense hops and sufficient supporting malt that stops short of the sweetness of an American Barleywine. While... Read More

Bo Pils

Bo Pils by East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Bo Pils by East Brother Beer Co. is a Bohemian Pilsner and is being evaluated as a Czech Premium Pale Lager (2015 BJCP Category 3B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a golden, cleanly fermented lager based on high-quality malt; it should provide rich malt character and... Read More

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