Dan Preston

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Beer Judge

Dan discovered craft beer his junior year of college and never looked back. After a few years of brewery tours and tastings, he finally dove into homebrewing in 2009 when a work colleague was giving up the hobby. Shortly after, he joined one of the oldest club’s in the nation (Boston Wort Processors) and quickly got into judging beer and was a National-ranked BJCP judge by 2013. As an officer of the Worts since 2011, Dan has assisted in organizing several AHA/BJCP competitions as well as trying to promote beer education and experimentation. While he appreciates and makes all beer styles, Dan’s favorites are of the hoppy or sour variety, and has even had great luck combining the two.

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My reviews

El Gato Mariachi

El Gato Mariachi, Catawba Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

El Gato Mariachi by Catawba Brewing Co. is a wheat ale (BJCP category 1D), but due to the additions of lactose, vanilla and cinnamon it shifts to Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beer, which is BJCP 2015 category 30A. This beer pours a light straw color with some haze, which is normal for a wheat... Read More

Adoptable Lager

Adoptable Lager, Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Adoptable Lager by Motorworks Brewing is a golden lager that would best fit under BJCP category 2A, International Pale Lager.

The beer pours a deep yellow color, but not quite golden in color, with a bright white head that unfortunately doesn’t carry great retention fading to a thin rim... Read More

Mango Habanero IPA

Mango Habanero IPA, Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Mango Habanero IPA by Motorworks Brewing is an IPA (BJCP category 21A), but due to the additions of mango & habanero it shifts to Fruit & Spice Beer which is BJCP 2015 category 29B.  These additions are definitely complimentary to the style as IPAs go great with both tropical fruit... Read More

Mango Habanero IPA

Mango Habanero IPA, Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Mango Habanero IPA by Motorworks Brewing is an IPA (BJCP category 21A), but due to the additions of mango and habanero it shifts to Fruit & Spice Beer, which is BJCP 2015 category 29B. These additions are definitely complementary to the style as IPAs go great with both tropical fruit and... Read More

Go Go Gronkzilla

Go Go Gronkzilla, Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Go Go Gronkzilla by Motorworks Brewing is a double dry hopped red IPA which would fall under BJCP 2015 category 21B Specialty IPA. This beer pours a deep amber color with mahogany hues and an off-white fluffy head. There is a slight haze, but it is otherwise quite clear. The aroma is a pretty... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bizarre Gardening Accident by Motorworks Brewing is a Berliner weisse (BJCP 2015 Category 23A), but the addition of passion fruit and lime push it into Fruit Beer (29A). The category is quite fitting as the fruit is apparent throughout the beer. It pours a hazy (normal for style due to heavy... Read More

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