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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

Lake Haze #10

Lake Haze #10

Pennsylvania
United States
Lake Haze #10, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Description 

The tenth installment in our hazy Double IPA series. Brewed with Sultanna, Sabro, & Trident hops. Huge mango notes with pineapple and a hint of coconut.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Sultana, Sabro, Trident

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lake Haze #10 by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is a Double IPA (BJCP category 22A), but due to its ultra-hazy nature and low bitterness it falls into the Specialty IPA subcategory (21B) as a New England Style. It pours a murky yellow with some orange notes and is so opaque that it’s almost honey-... Read More

Ryes or Die Trying

Ryes or Die Trying

Georgia
United States
Ryes or Die Trying, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

A NEIPA with a kick! This NEIPA with Rye malt adds a spicy note to complement the rich full body of the style. We used Chinook, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops to provide spicy, citrusy, piney, and some sweet fruit character that will help you Ryes to any occasion... or die trying!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Hops: 
El Dorado, Chinook, Amarillo

 

 


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

Ryes or Die Trying by Pontoon Brewing is a Rye IPA, which due to the use of rye and the NEIPA style falls under BJCP category 21B Specialty IPA.

This beer pours a very hazy (rye + hops) and nearly opaque deep yellow color, approaching... Read More

BoxCarr

Starr Hill Box Carr Pumpkin Porter
Judges Rating:
70
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
26 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

You either love or loathe pumpkin beer season – there’s no in-between. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m of the latter. I’m not sure when most pumpkin beers became straight spice beers, but I wish they’d be as they sound: A beer with some actual pumpkin in it. This pumpkin porter unquestionably... Read More

Bright

Tree House Beer Bright Double IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a light golden color with good clarity, just a bit of haze and a dense white head that lasts and lasts. The aroma seemed fairly mild for a DIPA and lacked the pungency expected. There was a light grainy/doughy malt and still plenty of hops to it, but moreso onion, garlic, herbal... Read More

Kinroo Blue

Kinroo Blue by Brouwerij Martens
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Kinroo Blue Belgian by Brewery Martens is a Belgian Witbier and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 category 24A. This beer looks the part with a light yellow color, slight haze and a dense white head that lasts and leaves a lovely Belgian lacing on the glass. The aroma has a grainy, crackery,... Read More

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

Truck Chaser Bomb Pop Double IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA but falls under BJCP category 21B as a specialty IPA. It lands here instead as it is more of a milkshake IPA than a traditional DIPA. The milkshake IPA is a newer subset of the New England IPA style, using lactose to give it... Read More

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