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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 formerly acted as an Associate Exam Director for the BJCP, as well as an exam administrator and proctor, and presently holds the rank of Grand Master IV, 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 over 100 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 (which you may know as FoBAB), the largest of its kind in the world.

 

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My reviews

Pulp Theory Hazy IPA

Pulp Theory Hazy IPA

Colorado
United States
Pulp Theory Hazy IPA, Odell Brewing
Description 

What happens when the art of brewing and science of fermentation collide? Eureka! You get a brilliant creation and call it Pulp Theory. This 7.5% Hazy IPA was created to accentuate bold hop flavors of ripe orange, pineapple juice, and fruit punch.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
45
Hops: 
Fresh Grind Galaxy, Cashmere, Strata

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pulp Theory Hazy IPA by Odell Brewing Co. is being judged as a 21b Specialty IPA, specifically a Juicy/Hazy IPA, per the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.

The pour is hazy, obviously, bordering on turbid with a pale gold and touch of orange and a creamy white head that persists. The nose is... Read More

La Fontaine

La Fontaine

Georgia
United States
 La Fontaine, Social Fox Brewing
Description 

Is it Wine, or is it Beer? La Fontaine is an Oenobeer fermented with pinot noir grapes from California giving it a deep ruby-red wine color. The palate is challenging: a malty bock base that sneaks through an acidic, tart wine like character. Highlighting a rich, medium body and hints of spice

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Served at: 
45º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

La Fontaine by Social Fox Brewing is being evaluated as a BJCP 2021 style 29A (Fruit Beer), as a traditional bock with Pinot Noir grapes. Note that the "Grape Ale" category is specifically for more neutral beers, hence this classification. This one pours a deep ruby-brown with a clingy beige... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Munich Dunkel (8A). The beer pours a deep red brown with a thin off-white head. There is a faint haze to the beer, but overall fairly attractive. The initial aroma is toasty and bread-like with a faint cocoa note. It's very fresh and Munich malt dominated, with minimal hop character, with the... Read More

Ca Phe

Ca Phe

Louisiana
United States
Ca Phe, Urban South Brewery
Description 

A luscious Vietnamese-style coffee stout brewed with lactose sugar and locally roasted coffee from French Market Roasters. 2017 Beer Army Foundation gold medal winner for Best Sweet Stout.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
45 - 55ºF
Malts: 
Pilsner, Caramel 80, Roasted Barley, Black Wheat, Vienna, Rolled Oats, White Wheat, Lactose
Hops: 
Fuggles

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Cà Phȇ​ by Urban South Brewery is a Vietnamese Coffee Stout that is being judged as 30A-Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer with 16A-Sweet Stout as the base style. In the aroma, this beer is definitely all about coffee. Fresh and clean with a high-quality coffee aroma. Notes of toffee and chocolate... Read More

pFriem Rum Barrel Aged Porter

pFriem Rum Barrel Aged Porter

Rum Barrel Aged Porter, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

We age our Imperial Porter for a year in barrels kissed by the Caribbean, giving pFriem’s Rum Barrel Aged Porter notes of chocolate truffles, ripe cherries and vanilla beans. Drink in this captivating brew and taste luscious decadence.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Simpsons-Maris Otter-Finest, Caramalt, Crystal Dark, Crystal Extra Dark, Chocolate, Crisp-Pale Chocolate, Patagonia Perla Negra
Hops: 
Warrior, Chinook, Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rum-Barrel Aged Porter by pFriem Family Brewers is being judged as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged beer, with an underlying style of Baltic porter. At any rate, in the glass, it's on the lighter side but still dark brown with a thin off-white head that persists. The nose is nice and complex, retaining... Read More

Mountain Glow

Mountain Glow

Vermont
United States
Mountain Glow, Stowe Cider
Description 

A semi dry cider with a subtle kick of ginger complimented by layers of bright lemon and orange zest.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mountain Glow Cider by Stowe Cider is being evaluated as C2F, Specialty Cider. The cider pours effervescent with a persistent stream of mixed bubbles. Good clarity and quite bright overall. The nose shows the ginger first and foremost along with some pleasant dessert apple notes and distinct... Read More

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