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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

Grainwave

Grainwave

Colorado
United States
Grainwave, CERIA Brewing Co.
Description 

Brewed with coriander and blood orange peel, Grainwave is a refreshing, medium bodied, zero percent alcohol version of a Belgian White Ale that pairs well with seafood and white meat dishes.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
0.0%
IBUs: 
12
Served at: 
38 - 40º F
Malts: 
Wheat, Oats, Two-Row Pale
Hops: 
Hallertau, Noble hops

 

 


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Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Grainwave by CERIA Brewing Co. is a Belgian style non-alcoholic beer that probably falls closest to a Witbier (BJCP 2015 category 24A). This beer pours a bright hazy straw color with lots of fizzy tiny bubbles that keep an ever-present rim of white head going. The aroma is that of sweet candied... 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

Mardi Gras Bock

Mardi Gras Bock

Louisiana
USA
Mardi Gras Bock, Abita Brewing Co.
Description 

Mardi Gras Bock is the first of our seasonal brews. Abita Mardi Gras Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans. Gruyére, Emmental and Swiss are nice cheese choices with Bock. Great with roasted beef or pork. Try it with Mexican food, too.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
25
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner, Caramel
Hops: 
German Perle

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mardi Gras Bock by Abita Brewing Co. is a Bock that falls under the BJCP 2021 Style Category 4C, Helles Bock. This style was previously known as Maibock, which is historically known as a seasonal offering associated with springtime and the month of May. It is similar... Read More

King of Hop

Starr Hill King of Hop Imperial IPA beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Double IPA pours a clear golden color with an impressive white head. The nose is hop-forward mixed with a little bit of sweetness. The hop character is complex with notes of citrus, orange, grapefruit peel, mango and a little bit of resinous pine. Beneath the hops is a light caramel... Read More

Safety Dance Pilsner

Safety Dance Pilsner by Smartmouth Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Safety Dance Pilsner by Smartmouth Brewing is definitely a Pale Bitter European Lager (2015 BJCP Category 5), but may fit better as a German Helles Exportbier/Dortmunder (5C) than the German Pils (5D) its labeled as. This beer pours a deep straw color with some golden elements, great clarity... Read More

Mail Truck

Mail Truck, Hanging Hills Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mail Truck by Hanging Hills Brewing Co. is an American Pale Ale that will be judged as such under BJCP category 18B. This beer pours a deep yellow, approaching light golden color, with mild haze, a big fluffy white head that has short retention and lots of tiny bubbles. The aroma is hop-forward... Read More

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