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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

Sunday Gold Lager

Sunday Gold Lager

Washington
USA
Sunday Gold Lager, Flying Lion Brewing
Description 

Having a Sunday Funday? Drink this. Brewed with only British Maris Otter malt, the clean, bready grain pairs wonderfully with the black currant notes of Cluster hops. Crisp yet bold, this beer is easy like Sunday morning.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Maris Otter
Hops: 
Cluster

 

 


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Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sunday Gold Lager by Flying Lion Brewing was judged as an American Lager (Style 1B per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines), but it's a bit too characterful for that style. It feels closer to a pre-prohibition lager in some ways, though all malt.

Pours a deep gold with a persistent ring of... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was reviewed as a Wood-aged Imperial Stout (Category 33A with 20C as declared base style) under the 2015 BJCP guidelines. A big and brash base beer aged in wood is the expectation, and it is certainly met!

Upon presentation, the beer is a deep reddish brown, just shy of black,... 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

Dr. Juice

Dr. Juice

Louisiana
United States
Dr. Juice, Parish Brewing Co.
Description 

Dr. Juice is a highly crushable juice bomb. Dry hopped with a blend of our favorite hand selected hops from the Yakima Valley, Dr. Juice’s drinkability is sneaky good considering it clocks in at 6% ABV. The pour glows a rich cantaloupe hue with a thick, frosted haze and soft mouthfeel. Aroma and taste is full of passion fruit, papaya, and blood orange, making it drink like a glass of freshly squeezed juice.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.0%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Dr. Juice by Parish Brewing Co. is being judged as a 21b Specialty IPA, specifically of the hazy or New England iteration. 

The beer initially shows in the glass as a hazy pale yellow, nearly turbid beer with a fluffy and sticky head of shaving foam that sticks until the end.

The... Read More

Rhubarbebier

Rhubarbebier

Montana
United States
Rhubarbebier, Bozeman Brewing Co.
Description 

Let’s Rhubarb a beer, shall we? A few of our brewers and the bar regulars combined their backyard Rhubarb crops to contribute to this tangy springtime sour. The base is Berliner Weisse aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. Flavors and aromas of Rhubarb, floral honeysuckle, and a slight raspberry sweetness all combine to capture the essence of a Montana spring day. TA11 pH3.5

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.9%
IBUs: 
4
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Pale, Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Hops: 
Tettnang Tettnanger

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rhubarbebier by Bozeman Brewing Co. is being evaluated as 33A Wood-Aged Beer. The base styles are Fruit Beer, 29A & Berliner Weisse, 23A. This is a Berliner Weisse with Rhubarb & Raspberry, aged in French Oak Barrels. With that out of the way, the beer pours petillant into the glass, a... Read More

Hoptronix

Hoptronix by New Holland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Hoptronix by New Holland is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. The expectation here is an amped up American IPA, and while it fits that, it falls off a bit from the expectation.

The beer presents deeply hazed orange/gold with hop polyphenols and... Read More

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