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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

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

El Gato Mariachi

El Gato Mariachi

North Carolina
United States
El Gato Mariachi, Catawba Brewing Co.
Description 

El Gato Mariachi incorporates all the traditional Horchata ingredients into a wheat ale base – along with a healthy dose of milk sugar. An addition of rice in the grain bill lightens the body for excellent drinkability, without sacrificing its creamy mouthfeel. The beer features an enticing aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. It pours a milky straw color, and finishes with just the right blend of vanilla sweetness and a touch of cinnamon spice.
The recipe for this new Limited Release was developed in the Asheville pilot brewhouse, and proved to be one of Catawba's best-selling Small Batch releases of 2019.
The release was crafted as an homage to the famous drink of taquerias across Latin America, and envisioned as the perfect beer pairing for tacos. It also happens that Taco is the name of the brewery's Sales Manager's cat. So, when it came time to name the beer and create its character, the idea of a "taco beer" and Taco the Cat naturally aligned. Taco is on the label with the piercing green eyes, dressed in his finest charro suit.
El Gato will be available in tasting rooms on draft and in 6-pack cans throughout Catawba’s 5-state distribution area.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
15
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Malted Wheat
Hops: 
Summit

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

El Gato Mariachi by Catawba Brewing Co. is a wheat ale (BJCP category 1D), but due to the additions of lactose, vanilla and cinnamon it shifts to Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beer, which is BJCP 2015 category 30A. This beer pours a light straw color with some haze, which is normal for a wheat... Read More

Cookie Season Stout - Samoa

Cookie Season Stout - Samoa

Cookie Season Stout - Samoa, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Blends rich and decadent flavors of caramel, coconut, and chocolate into a thick and creamy stout. *Contains Lactose*

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.0%
IBUs: 
45

 

 


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Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Cookie Season Stout by Wild Leap Brew Co. is an Imperial Stout (BJCP category 20C), however, due to the addition of coconut it shifts to Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beer (BJCP Category 30A). This beer pours a very deep brown, not quite black in appearance. It has a... 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

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