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

Stowaway

Baxter Beer Stowaway IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours dark gold, nearly approaching copper.  It is very clear with a white fluffy head with great retention, but no visible carbonation bubbles.  The aroma comes through as medium citrusy grapefruit, with some floral and grassy hop notes as it warms.  The malt is a very low grainy... Read More

Clencher

Clencher by BuckleDown Brewing
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Clencher by BuckleDown Brewing is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured a bright golden color with a big, thick white head that displayed excellent retention. No carbonation bubbles were visible in the glass.

In the aroma, a... 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

Frequent Flier

Boulevard Beer Frequent Flier Session IPA
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upon pouring, the aroma is a welcome party of tropical fruit hops followed by a very faint piney hop character. The tropical fruit you'll find here is headlined by mango, passion fruit and papaya beckoning you to a first sip. But wait there's also a soft, sweet, malt aroma that seems biscuity... Read More

The Topsail

The Topsail by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The Topsail by Cape May Brewing Company is being evaluated as a Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (Category 28B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

The aroma of this beer is inviting with lots of ripe pineapple, green mangoes, red apples, ripe pear, and light citrus fruity esters. The grainy malt... Read More

Maibock

Maibock by Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Maibock by Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company is being evaluated as a Helles Bock (Category 4C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured brilliantly clear, with a rich golden color and a soft thick white head with long lasting persistence. It was beautiful to look at the many... Read More

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