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

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

East Coast Common

Smuttynose Beer East Coast Common
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

California commons are a unique beer. It’s an American lager, but fermented at ale temperatures. It’s synonymous with Anchor Steam and is typically a showcase for Northern Brewer hops, which are woody and minty. While this beer may call itself a California Common, it’s much more like an IPA. It... Read More

Alter Ego

Tree House Beer Alter Ego IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a hazy deep golden with an orange hue and a big white head that sticks to the glass and actually hangs around longer than the beer itself. The aroma is definitely heavy on the Mosaic hops with lots of complex fruitiness – melon, berries, candied orange, apricot and grapefruit all... Read More

Green

Tree House Beer Green IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a hazy deep golden color with an orange hue that is certainly a part of the popular New England-style IPA. It has a dense white head that lasts, which hangs onto the glass as it goes down. The aroma is all hops – orange, pineapple, tangerine, grass, lemon rind, grapefruit and... Read More

Sip of Sunshine

Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine IPA beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a deep golden color like orange blossom honey or a sunbeam. It has a faint haze and a lasting off-white head. The aroma is very citra-esque with lots of tropical fruit notes- passionfruit, guava, pineapple – orange, some lemongrass, but also a bit catty. Beyond the hops there is... Read More

King JJJuliusss

Tree House Beer King JJJuliusss Double IPA
Judges Rating:
99
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Wow! From the moment the can pops, hop aromas completely fill the air. Grapefruit, orange, mango, passion fruit, melon, citrus, pineapple – basically every juicy fruit you can think of is there plus a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same too -- just wave after wave of complex hops... Read More

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