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

Kashmir

Kashmir IPA Beer Highland
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The English IPA isn’t too common of a style to come across in the USA. By the name, one might think it’s the same thing as the style we all know and love, but simply with an English flair. While at the core that is what it is, it’s really a whole different animal.  The hops are lighter, the... Read More

BoxCarr

Starr Hill Box Carr Pumpkin Porter
Judges Rating:
70
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
26 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

You either love or loathe pumpkin beer season – there’s no in-between. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m of the latter. I’m not sure when most pumpkin beers became straight spice beers, but I wish they’d be as they sound: A beer with some actual pumpkin in it. This pumpkin porter unquestionably... Read More

Patroon IPA

Patroon IPA by Hidden Cove Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Patroon IPA by Hidden Cove Brewing is an American IPA and is being reviewed as such (BJCP 2015 Category 21A). It pours a deep golden color with an orange hue from some haze and a lasting off-white head. The aroma is all about the hops with a soft fruit character (orange, melon) as well as some... Read More

Common Sense

upstate brewing common sense beer
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a deep amber with copper hues, brilliant clarity and a long-lasting, off-white head. The aroma is fairly mild, but what is there is pretty balanced between the malt and hops with toast, mild caramel and a grainy character along with some earthy hops. The flavor, on the other hand... Read More

There and Back Again

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

There and Back Again by Equilibrium Brewery is an American Wild Specialty Beer, and is being evaluated as such (BJCP 2015 Category 28C). It falls under the specialty subcategory of the American Wild Ale category due to the use of fruit (Apricot & Peach).

It pours a deep hazy golden... Read More

Casey

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Casey Farmhouse Ale by Equilibrium Brewery is an American Wild Ale (BJCP 2015 Category 28B). When one talks about a farmhouse ale, they typically mean a saison. In the US, it seems to have become a variation of a classic saison using more citrus/tropical hops as opposed to the earthy noble... Read More

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