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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

Broyhan

Seedstock Broyhan, Seedstock Brewery
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Broyhan by Seedstock Brewery is being judged based on independent research of the style as a category 27 Historical Beer.

Broyhan is a beer that falls within the Northern European wheat beer tradition, which includes witbier & gose and, historically, appears it may have been wheat... Read More

2021 New Year Cuvée

2021 New Year Cuvée

2021 New Year Cuvée, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Whew! 2020 huh?! Wanna just sip a silky-smooth bourbon barrel aged stout with toasted coconut and vanilla and chill? Cool. Us too. With gratitude and good cheer, Happy New Year!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
11.2%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

2021 New Year Cuvée by pFriem Family Brewers is being judged as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, as a strong stout with toasted coconut and vanilla. In the glass, the beer is definitely a bit less black than anticipated, but that's just the appearance. Pours clear with a thin off-white head. The... Read More

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

Louisiana
United States
Summer Vacation, Low Road Brewing
Description 

A tart sour brewed with toasted coconut, pineapple juice & lime.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.7%
Malts: 
Pilsner, White Wheat, Acidulated
Hops: 
East Kent Golding

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Summer Vacation by Low Road Brewing is being judged as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer. This pours with a collapsing fizzy white head, a pale straw color with a subtle haze to it. The nose of this beer is pretty interesting, with the mix of aromas coming together as a kettle corn amalgam. The tart... Read More

Gin Joy Ale

Gin Joy Ale by Right Brain Brewery
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Gin Joy Ale by Right Brain Brewery is a vanilla cream ale that's been aged in a gin barrel. I'm judging this as a 33b-Specialty Wood-Aged Beer. In the glass, it's a very clear pale gold with a persistent white head. The nose is immediately gin botanicals. Very floral and pleasant, with a citrus... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Premium Czech Lager by Seedstock Brewery was Judged as a 3b-Czech Premium Pale Lager.

The beer pours a faintly hazed deep gold with a persistent white head. The nose seems Saazer like, but I also get a slight lemony edges that makes me think of something like Premiant. At any rate, the... Read More

Raspberry Nimbus

Raspberry Nimbus

Wisconsin
United States
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Description 

Light-bodied and refreshing, Raspberry Nimbus gets its fruity, sessionable vibes from an infusion of jammy raspberries and a squeeze of lime. Just in time for patio season!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.8%
IBUs: 
8
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Malteurop Two Row Pale Malt, Briess Red Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats, Best Munich Malt
Hops: 
Mt. Hood

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Raspberry Nimbus by Lakefront Brewery is being judged here as a 29A Fruit Beer. 

In the glass, it's a fairly cloudy deep magenta with a rapidly collapsing head. A bit of head would be nice, but the fruit is likely killing that aspect of the beer. The nose is full of raspberry sherbet,... Read More

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