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

Hop Science

Hop Science, Baxter Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hop Science by Baxter Brewing Co. is an IPA, but of the New England style so it will be judged under BJCP 2015 category 21B as Specialty IPA. This beer pours a deep straw color with a nearly opaque level of haze as well as a bright white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is a citrusy... Read More

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

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 11 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA, which falls under BJCP category 22A. However, due to the immense haze, low bitterness and soft mouthfeel, it is more of an Imperial New England IPA and will be judged under BJCP 21B Specialty IPA instead. Being under specialty... Read More

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

Modest Maiden Märzen

Modest Maiden Marzen, Big Boss Brewing
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Modest Maiden Marzen by Big Boss Brewing Co. is a Marzen (BJCP 2015 6A), but due to the use of smoked peachwood it falls under BJCP 2015 guidelines for Classic Style Smoked Beer 32A. This beer pours a brilliant clear deep golden color with some hints of copper and an off-white head that clings... Read More

Cape May Oktoberfest

Cape May Oktoberfest, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cape May Oktoberfest by Cape May Brewing Co. is a Marzen, which falls under BJCP category 6A. This beer looks the part with light amber color and orange hues along with brilliant clarity and a lasting off-white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is malt forward with a moderately grainy... Read More

Strawberry Taffy

Strawberry Taffy, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Strawberry Taffy by Cape May Brewing Co. in collaboration with Great Notion Brewing is an IPA, but it falls under the BJCP category 21B Specialty IPA due to the use of lactose, sea salt, strawberries and vanilla. This an example of the new ‘milkshake’ style IPA, but it leaves out anything... Read More

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