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

Tony Goes Dancing

Back East Brewing Tony Goes Dancing Double IPA beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer has "hop lover's serum" written all over it. Put your nose to the beer and huge aromas of of passion fruit and mangoes explode out of the glass. The little voice from the malt says grainy, with a light sweet caramel note, but then it's back to the hops for some citrusy grapefruit that... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Gingerbread Stout by Hardywood is being evaluated as a Winter Seasonal Beer (Category 30C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

The base beer is an imperial sweet stout, it pours a very dark brown, nearly black –clarity is opaque with a tall thick foamy tan head.  The head retention is... Read More

Belt & Suspenders

Belt & Suspenders by BuckleDown Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Belt & Suspenders by BuckleDown Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a bright golden color with a slight haze possiblly due to dry hopping. A thick white head crowns it with many small bubbles rising to the... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer has a rich malt aroma of toasted rye bread, light spice, and a very small amount of citrus tanginess. There's also low fruity esters of red berries, with no detectable hops. The color is dark copper with brilliant clarity, a foamy, thick head frames the picture, and the many bubbles... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Double Bass Mocha Double 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. It has a short cascading effervescence that builds up... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer pours pale yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. The small and large bubbles create the appearance of champagne, further confirming what Napoleon's troops called the Berliner Weisse style when it was first invented – the champagne of the North. Aromas of lemon... Read More

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