Dan Martich

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Beer Judge

Drawn to craft beer since the early 90s. He's been homebrewing for over 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 including a Gold Medal at the National Homebrew Competition.  He is has served as a proctor, translator and exam grader for the BJCP.

My reviews

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

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This is a medium-light, brown-colored ale with orange hues, and its slightly hazy appearance doesn't detract from the overall effect. The moderately foamy head is light tan with low head retention. The aroma of light caramel is layered within malt aromas of nutty, toffee and light roast... Read More

Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a hazy gold with orange hues creating an off-white head that lasts. Although darker than most (straight, non-dunkel Weissbiers) this one has the high notes of banana and clove that so characterizes the style. Moderate pilsner-malt sweetness comes through in the aroma as well as a... 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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