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

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

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

Belgian-Style Tripel

Belgian-Style Tripel, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer was judged as a 26C Belgian Tripel. In the glass, it's a very attractive gold with a frothy white head that persists, leaving lacing on the glass. The nose presents very akin to classic Belgian yeast, but has a saison twist to it. Loads of pepper, faint clove and low vanilla, along... Read More

Trader

Trader by Uinta Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Trader by Uinta Brewing is a refreshing and modern take on the American IPA style at session strength. This beer was reviewed as 21b Specialty IPA-Session IPA.

In the glass, the beer is a hazy deep gold with orange highlights and has a frothy off-white head that persists and is quite... Read More

Inline IPA

Inline IPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Inline IPA was judged as a 21A American IPA. In the glass, it's a very attractive pale golden color and quite clear, with a frothy white head -- a Classic West Coast IPA appearance. There is a faint haze to it, likely from the hopping. The nose is distinctly grapefruit and other bright citrus... Read More

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