Brian Eichhorn

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Beer, Mead & Cider Judge

Brian started diving into the world of craft beer in 2004, tracking all of the beers he tasted online, with notes. He picked up homebrewing in 2008 and began judging in 2010. Taking pride in the opportunity to give feedback to brewers of all sorts, he has progressed through the BJCP, attaining the rank of Master in 2013. He presently acts as an Associate Exam Director for the BJCP, as well as an exam administrator and proctor, and presently holds the rank of Grand Master III, as well as Mead judge. To him, the most important aspect of judging is to know your limits and learn how to recognize them and expand them. To achieve that end, Brian has judged in 85 competitions in 12 states and counting, including the Great American Beer Festival, and visits innumerable breweries. He also helps organize a few competitions each year, including the role of judge coordinator for the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged beer, the largest of its kind in the world.

 

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My reviews

Mango Lime Pilsner

Mango Lime Pilsner, Uinta Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mango Lime Pilsner by Uinta Brewing is a fairly refreshing pilsner with added fruit character. This beer is evaluated as 29a Fruit Beer.

In the glass, the beer is a hazy straw color with a persistent and frothy white head. The aroma presents with a distinct mix of mango and lime,... Read More

Naughty Girl Stout

Naughty Girl Stout by Right Brain Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Naughty Girl Stout is a Mint Stout brewed by Right Brain Brewery and is being judge as a category 30A-Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer. Which is perhaps a shame, because it's a great stout that lacks for mint to really make it stand out! In the glass, it pours a deep and opaque brown-black with... Read More

Hard Apple Cider

Hard Apple Cider by 3 Daughters Brewing
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Hard Apple Cider by 3 Daughters Brewing is being judged as a C1A New World Cider. This Cider pours a quite clear pale straw color, fizzy with minimal head. Initial aroma is distinct fermented apple, but it does come across a bit apple sauce-like, lacking complexity of traditional ciders, leading... Read More

801

801 by Uinta Brewing
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

801 is a small-batch beer from Uinta Brewing, a pilsner that seems to have an American twist to it. It is being reviewed as a 5D German Pilsner.

This beer shows as a hazy straw color with a persistent frothy white head. On the nose, it has a fresh and clean quality, tending towards... Read More

Hop Nosh IPA

Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing is an American IPA, judged as a 21a American IPA.

The beer pours a pale gold with hints of orange with a frothy/billowy off-white head. Quite hazy overall. The nose is somewhat generic with tropical fruit and citrus, though not terribly distinct. Neutral... Read More

Spinal Tapper

Spinal Tapper by Right Brain Brewery
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Spinal Tapper by Right Brain Brewery is a Double IPA, judged as a 22A Double IPA. While a well-made beer, it misses the mark in terms of balance and, quite frankly, hop character. The nose is fairly bright, if subdued, with citrus, pear and lemongrass at the forefront, followed by a somewhat... Read More

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