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:
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

Mandarina IPA

Mandarina IPA, Highland Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mandarina IPA by Highland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer  (Category 29A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines with a base style of American IPA.

This beer poured golden yellow with a foamy thick white head that disappeared slightly quicker than expected. The clarity was brilliant... Read More

Stargazer White

Highland Stargazer White, Highland Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Stargazer White by Highland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Witbier (Category 24A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

The beer poured hazy, straw yellow in color with a large, thick, moussy white head that persisted for a very long time. It also showed a big effervescent quality.

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AVL IPA

AVL IPA, Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

AVL IPA by Highland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured bright yellow with a slight haze. The white soft foam persisted for a long time and many small bubbles where seen rising to the top as an indication of its... Read More

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