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

Exemption

Exemption, Taxman Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Exemption by Taxman Brewing Co. is a Belgian Tripel with spices that is being judged as 26C-Belgian Tripel. This example of the old world Abbey Tripel brings some new world character along with it. In the glass, it is faintly hazed and a pale gold with a persistent frothy head. The nose gives... 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

Deduction

Deduction, Taxman Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Deduction by Taxman Brewing Co. is a Belgian Dubbel that is being judged as 26B-Belgian Dubbel. This Dubbel presents pretty true to its Belgian form, but does seem to have some American inspiration as well. Aromatically, it is distinctly fruity and forward, with stone fruit and cherries leading... Read More

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

Qualified

Qualified, Taxman Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Qualified by Taxman Brewing Co. is a Belgian Quadrupel that is being judged as 26D-Belgian Dark Strong Ale. As with the other Taxman Belgian line, this has an American edge thrown in, in this case with the use of multiple specialty malts. Aromatically, the beer has a rich and complex aroma,... 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

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