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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

Belgian Golden

Belgian Golden, Double Nickel Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Belgian Golden by Double Nickel Brewing Co. is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 guideline 25C.

This beer pours a deep golden color with an orange hue, a big fluffy white head that lasts forever, great clarity and lots of tiny bubbles. Despite the look of... 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

Don't Haze Me Bro

Don't Haze Me Bro

Georgia
United States
Don't Haze Me Bro, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

Don’t Haze Me Bro is a juicy IPA with a pillowy mouthfeel. This tropical fruit, berry, Pinot Gris and citrus juice bomb has low, yet balanced bitterness that is both easy to drink and still packs 50,000 volts of fun. With a 4 pounds per barrel dry hop of Azaca, Zappa and Strata this hop bomb will bring all the great flavors and aromas of a juicy IPA without being too bitter.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.7%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Azaca, Zappa, Strata

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Don’t Haze Me Bro by Pontoon Brewing is an IPA (BJCP category 21A), but as the name insinuates, it crosses over into Specialty IPA subcategory (21B) as a hazy New England-style IPA. 

It pours a murky, but not entirely opaque, deep yellow color with orange tones and a mousy off-white head... Read More

Hallertau Blanc Kölsch

Hallertau Blanc Kölsch

Pennsylvania
United States
Hallertau Blanc Kölsch, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Description 

We used traditional German brewing techniques to create this homage to the style originated in Cologne, Germany. Decoction mashing adds malt character, improves clarity, and helps us achieve a dry finish. First wort hopping imparts a smooth bitterness, making this light ale exceptionally drinkable.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
24
Hops: 
Hallertau Blanc

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hallertau Blanc Kölsch by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is a Kolsch that falls under BJCP 2021 category 5. Pale Bitter European Bear, B. Kolsch.

This beer pours a deep yellow into light golden color with brilliant clarity and a low-lasting white head. The aroma is a good balance of medium-low... Read More

Saw-whet Saison

Saw-whet Saison Highland Beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a golden straw-like color with brilliant clarity and a fluffy white head that lasts. The aroma is yeast-forward with spicy notes, peppercorns, cloves, hay and lemon zest. It follows through with a touch of grassy, earthy hops, honey-like pilsner malt sweetness and a tinge of... Read More

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

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