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Dan Martich

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Beer Judge

Drawn to craft beer since the early 90s. He's been homebrewing for over 25 years, and a National BJCP judge for over 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

Gnarpocalypse

Gnarpocalypse

Louisiana
United States
Gnarpocalypse, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

We stacked this Juicy Hazy Double IPA with a clever combo of American and Southern Hemisphere hops, achieving a maximum punch of tropical stone fruits, citrus, white wine, and pineapple. We've jazzed up the body with the addition of wheat and oats plus enough lactose to complement and not compete with the complex hop arrangement.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Gnarpocalyse by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: New England IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP Provisional Style guidelines. 

This beer poured a very cloudy straw color and had a short-lasting foamy white head.

Light... Read More

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

United States
Shadowplay, Ghost Hawk Brewing
Description 

It's a German style of black lager made with "de-bittered" dark roasted malt, which imparts the color and pleasant toasted flavor without the astringency one might expect. The soft flavors and smooth texture are enhanced by the subtle character of Tettnang hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
27
Hops: 
Tettnang

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Shadowplay by Ghost Hawk Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Schwarzbier (Category 8) from the 2021 BJCP Style guidelines. 

This beer’s aroma opens with an earthy, woodsy hop character along with roasted malt that has a very faint ash-like quality. There’s a... 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

Goose Island IPA

Goose Island IPA
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
10 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer pours with a light golden color and a fluffy white head. Fine bubbles randomly rise to the surface. The medium intensity hop aroma is of woodsy, floral, and some low amounts of pine, and grapefruit rind notes. Subtle fruity esters of peach and red raspberry notes possibly coming from... Read More

I'm On A Boat

I'm On A Boat, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

I’m on a Boat by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as a Blonde Ale (Category 18C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured out with a light golden yellow and a slightly hazy clarity. The thick white head framed this beer beautifully, and the tiny bubbles slowly rising to the... Read More

Alcatraz 2X IPA

Alcatraz 2X IPA, Alcatraz Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alcatraz 2X IPA by Alcatraz Brewing is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.  

This beer poured golden amber with a low amount of haziness. The robust off-white head is voluminous and framed the glass beautifully.   

Moderate floral hops... Read More

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