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

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

Sour Monkey

Victory Brewing Company, Sour Monkey
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

This beer pours golden straw colored with a light haziness clarity. A white fluffy thick head crowns it with average retention. It is light textured with medium sized bubbles rising to the top. The aroma is of moderately high honey, wine barrel room, with vanilla, and dry wood. Esters are high... 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

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