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

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours pitch black, completely opaque and devoid of light, with a deep tan head that sticks to the glass with legs & lace. The aroma is chock-full of deep roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, espresso, & lightly burnt toast. The coffee isn’t overbearing and is well melded making it... Read More

I.P.W.

upstate brewing ipw India Pale Wheat beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a clear, deep golden color with an orange hue and a long-lasting white head. The aroma is full of citrusy hops, peach, grapefruit, tangerine and a little earthy dankness. Underneath the hops is some doughy malt, light caramel and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar, but even... Read More

Revolution Oktoberfest

Revolution Beer Oktoberfest Lager
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

You have to love this time of year. The nights start to get cooler, the leaves begin to change, and, most importantly, Oktoberfests begin coming out of the woodwork. Unfortunately, this easy-drinker could use a bit more work towards style. It pours a light amber, reminiscent of orange blossom... Read More

Fist City

Fist City Pale Ale Revolution Beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This pale ale pours an exceptionally clear, light golden color with a pure, white head and lasting lacing. The nose is pretty balanced between malt and hops. There is a light grainy malt character with a hint of toast that accompanies some candied melon, grapefruit, and orange hops. Pale ales... Read More

Oatmeal Porter

Oatmeal Porter by Highland Brewing
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The American Porter is quite a varied style. It can be highly hopped, highly roasted, smoky, or strong -- they are all unique. With its strongly nutty, toasted oatmeal character, this one is no different. This porter is very dark brown, nearly into black, but is clear despite the darkness. It ... Read More

Super Session #2

Lawson's Finest Liquids Super Session #2 IPA beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This session IPA pours a deep golden color with an orange hue, huge dense white head and great clarity. The aroma is full of sweet fruit (apricot, peach, melon) and floral hop notes. There’s actually a decent amount of malt to the aroma for style with some doughy, bready malt and a little bit of... Read More

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