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Dan Martich

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Beer Judge

Drawn to craft beer since the early 90s. He's been homebrewing for over 25 years, and a National BJCP judge for over 10.  Dan calls himself the "beer hound", because finding good beer on his travels is what makes his tail wag.

Becoming a BJCP judge solidified his interest in craft beer, and improved the quality of his homebrews. He's enthusiastic about beer competitions, and has won many awards including a Gold Medal at the National Homebrew Competition.  He has served as a proctor, translator and exam grader for the BJCP.

My reviews

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

20th Anniversary Raven Special Lager Premium Edition by RavenBeer is being evaluated as a Vienna Lager  (Category 7A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured a rich gold color with a tight foamy white head that persisted a rather long time. The clarity was brilliantly clear... Read More

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #1

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #1

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #1, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

We let Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Batch #1 age for 18 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels then blended it with Brownie Batter Batch #2 which has been sitting on VSOP Cognac and Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 8 months.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.1%
IBUs: 
55
Served at: 
50º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #1 by Pontoon Brewing is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (Category 33B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.  

The aroma begins with moderate vanilla and an absence of the presumed oak barrel notes. Pleasant bourbon in the nose is up front and... Read More

Rocket Pop Gose

Rocket Pop Gose

Louisiana
United States
Rocket Pop Gose, Urban South Brewery
Description 

Blue raspberry, cherry, and lime come together in this gose for a tart and sweet summertime treat.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
10

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Rocket Pop Gose by Urban South Brewery is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) from the 2015 BJCP Style guidelines. 

This beer has aromas of doughy malt and moderate fruity esters in the form of red berries and limeade. No hop aromas were detected.

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Hazy Rays

Hazy Rays

Vermont
USA
Hazy Rays, Lawson's Finest Liquids
Description 

Our new juicy and hazy IPA features a blend of Citra and Mandarina Bavaria to deliver a tropical medley of tangerine, clementine, and mandarin oranges. Hazy Rays is soft on the palate and incredibly quaffable!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.3%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hazy Rays by Lawson’s Finest Liquids is being evaluated as a Hazy IPA (Category 21C) from the 2021 BJCP Style guidelines. 

Big hop aromas of grapefruit peel, lemon and pineapple - a bouquet that screams "Citra hops." A slight herbal note is detected in the aroma... Read More

The Oracle

Bell's Beer The Oracle Double IPA
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer poured a hazy golden-yellow hue that was quite typical of a Double IPA. In the aroma I found moderately high notes of citrus, lemon rind and spicy hops, as well as some ripe melon esters toward the end with a clean, bready malt note to complement it. Upon taking the first sip, I found... Read More

Crunch

Crunch by Manayunk Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Crunch by Manayunk Brewing Company is being evaluated as an American Porter (Category 20A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

Big bold hazelnut aromas salute you head on, followed by warm maple syrup and baker's chocolate with low fruity esters of dried cherries. No aroma hops were detected... Read More

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