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

Volume Thirteen Memento Mori by Wunderkammer Bier is a sour ale with chaga and rose petals which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 28C Wild Specialty Beer due to its use of herbs/spices.

The beer pours a deep golden with orange honey and some haze, making a very honey-like look. It starts... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 7 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA, which falls under BJCP category 22A but is more of an Imperial New England IPA due so will be judged under BJCP 21B Specialty IPA instead. It falls under this category instead due to being hazy to the point of opaque, while also... Read More

X.P.A.

Upstate beer XPA pale ale
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a lightly hazy deep golden color with orange hues and a long-lasting white head. At first, this beer conveys a moderately hoppy aroma, mostly with notes of grapefruit and orange zest as well as some herbal grassiness. As it warms, some more tropical notes and resin begin to show... Read More

Daily Grind

Daily Grind Saison Starr Hill Beer
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Saison pours a deep straw color with brilliant clarity and a large white head. Spicy notes are noticeable the second the beer hits the glass and the nose is all the about the spice. A blend of freshly ground peppercorns is discovered up front as well as some clove, ginger, cardamom and... 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

Shakedown

Shakedown Starr Hill Beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

For a chocolate cherry imperial stout, this beer lacks the complexity and pizzazz one would expect it to have. Both cherry and chocolate are there, but only enough to slightly enhance the normal character of an imperial stout. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m not sure it would be ... Read More

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