Dan Martich

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Beer Judge

Drawn to craft beer by the Sam Adams radio spots that aired in the early 90s. He's been homebrewing for 20 years, and a BJCP judge for seven.  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.  He is an exam grader for the BJCP, and most recently spent a week in Germany to educate himself on Altbier in Dusseldorf, and Kolsch beer in Koln.

My reviews

Modern Tart

Modern Tart, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Modern Tart by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured a hazy yellowish gold in color. The thick translucently white head was fluffy and big bubbled. This beer’s high effervescence can be both seeing... Read More

Back East Summer Ale

Back East Summer Ale beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a deep straw yellow color with a crystal clarity that's second to none. Its white foamy head and excellent retention invites you to take in its aroma of moderate citrus, grapefruit and low piney hop notes. The malt aroma comes through as a bready and warm glazed doughnut... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Double Bass Chipotle Chocolate Stout by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Spice Herb or Vegetable (Category 30A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

The base beer is an imperial stout, it pours very dark brown –nearly opaque. The cascading effervescence reminiscent of a nitro pour... Read More

Southern Passion

Southern Passion, Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Southern Passion by Devils Backbone Brewing Co. is being evaluated as an International Pale Ale (Category 2A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer poured with a deep golden color, with excellent clarity, and a very thick mousse-like white head that had long persistence. A very... 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

Blind Pirate

Blind Pirate, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Blind Pirate Double IPA by Monday Night Brewing was reviewed as a Double IPA (BJCP style 22A). Light copper in color with a slight haze possibly due to dry hopping. The white head was soft and foamy, hard to see the carbonation from the haze.  Some very small hop particles confirmed the... Read More

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