Dan Preston

Dan Preston's picture
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.

 dan.jpg

 

My reviews

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

Habanero King of Hop

habanero king of hop imperial ipa beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Probably the most similar to the original King of Hop DIPA. The aroma is mostly tropical/citrusy hops with a tinge of spicy heat. The flavor is similar with tropical/citrus hops, then followed by peppery spice that lingers. The heat builds on the lips and palate and becomes even more exaggerated... Read More

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

Hopfetti

Starr Hill Beer Hopfetti Triple IPA
Judges Rating:
72
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a light amber hue, great clarity and a low, off-white head. A pungent nose emanates from the glass, but it’s the imperial part of this Triple IPA that is most prominent. It screams of high alcohol throughout and drowns out the majority of the... Read More

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

Pages