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, the largest of its kind in the world.

 

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My reviews

Hopsynth

Hopsynth by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

(American Wild Ale - Wild Specialty Beer - 28C) This beer is poured into the glass and has the appearance of those new school pale ales. It is a very turbid pale gold with a super resilient white head that sticks heavily to the glass, leaving robust lacing. The nose opens up with a bright... Read More

Marshmallow Milk Stout

Marshmallow Milk Stout, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer was judged as a 30A-Spice, Herb or Vegetable beer, with a base style of 16A-Sweet Stout, with Vanilla added, though the bottle does say "Marshmallow Flavor." The beer is a deep brown/black with ruby at the edges, with a big billowy tan head that sticks around. The nose initially does... Read More

Ca Phe

Ca Phe, Urban South Brewery
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

Holy Roller

Holy Roller, Urban South Brewery
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Holy Roller by Urban South Brewery is a New England IPA that is being judged as a 21B Specialty IPA-NEIPA. I'm basing my standards on the BA guidelines Juicy/Hazy IPA category. Aromatically, this is a big fruity and hop forward beer! Great tropical fruit, guava, grapefruit, light malt, along... 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

The Cannibal

The Cannibal, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Cannibal by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was judged as a 25c Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

The beer pours a hazy gold that appears to have some suspended particulate, very fine with a frothy white head that persists. The nose is quite clean, though distinctly Belgian. Lightly... Read More

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