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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

Focal Banger

Focal Banger

Vermont
United States
Focal Banger, The Alchemist
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
Served at: 
40º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Focal Banger by The Alchemist was evaluated as a standard-strength Hazy IPA under BJCP Style 21B, Specialty IPA. The beer pours an opaque straw color with a frothy white head that slowly collapses. The nose is super fresh with candied tangerine, mango, light resin and graham cracker driving... Read More

Amendment Lager

Amendment Lager

Amendment Lager, 21st Amendment Brewery
Description 

Amendment Lager is a bright, light straw color beer with soft malt and a subtle hop character. Its lean body and crisp finish lends towards its incredible drinkability.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.4%
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Carafoam
Hops: 
Magnum, Saaz

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Amendment Lager by 21st Amendment Brewery is being judged as an American Lager (Style 1B per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines), though a case could be made for Style 2A, International Pale Lager. This one pours a super-pale straw color with the faintest haze and a persistent white head.

The... Read More

Latitude Adjustment

Latitude Adjustment by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fruit Beer - Fruit & Spice Beer - 29B (Base beer is American Pale Ale - 18B) This beer is an interesting take on a fruit/spice beer, using an APA as the base and adding in pineapple and coconut. Presented as a Tropical Pale Ale, the initial blast, before even looking at it, is certainly... Read More

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

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Situational Ethics - Mezcal by Monday Night Brewing is being judged as a 33b- Specialty Wood-Aged Beer due to the use of spirits barrels, with a base style of 30a- Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer due to the inclusion of cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili peppers and cinnamon.

The beer pours with a... Read More

Heady Topper

Heady Topper

Vermont
United States
Heady Topper, The Alchemist
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Served at: 
40º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Heady Topper by The Alchemist was evaluated as a Double IPA, BJCP category 22A. The beer in the glass is a pale straw color with a notable haziness and a creamy white head that persists as a ring on the glass. The nose hits hop-forward with apricot, mango, passion fruit and pine resin leading... Read More

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