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 nearly 10.  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 has served as a proctor, translator and exam grader for the BJCP.

My reviews

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

Big Softy

Big Softy, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Big Softy by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as American Pale Ale (Category 18B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured very hazy with a near New England IPA style resemblance. A thick frothy white head framed the glass well.

High citrus notes of oranges, lemon... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Paradise City by Birdsong Brewing is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (Category 18B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

It poured golden yellow with a hazy clarity indicative of the yeast strain or dry-hopping. A frothy white head, with a long lasting retention frames the glass nicely... Read More

Doin' Thyme Witbier

Doin' Thyme Witbier by Birdsong Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Doin' Thyme by Birdsong Brewing is being evaluated as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (Category 30A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

Poured into a glass this beer's appearance is light golden yellow, with a hazy clarity. It carried a large foamy white head, that lasts and lasts. The aroma... Read More

Hoptopus

Hoptopus, Crystal Lake Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hoptopus by Crystal Lake Brewing is being evaluated as a Hazy IPA (Category 21C) from the 2021 BJCP Style guidelines. 

 This beer starts with big aromas of fresh pine, citrus grapefruit and tropical fruit in the way of ripe mango. There's a little bit of green... Read More

Sofie

Sofie by Goose Island Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer pours golden yellow in color with a slight chill haze. The head is tall, rocky and off white colored. It has excellent persistence with hardly any visible bubbles rising. The aroma brings lots of fruity esters, pear, ripe fruits, particularly pineapple, with a very low citrus lemon... Read More

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