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

Summer Catch

Summer Catch by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Summer Catch by Cape May Brewing is a Belgian Witbier (24A) with an American hop flair that pushes it into the BJCP 2015 category 21B (Specialty IPA – White IPA). From the start this beer doesn’t quite look the part of a wit pouring a straw yellow color with minor haze, but otherwise much... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Vienna Lager by Double Nickel Brewing Co. is a Vienna Lager and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 category 7A.

This style is one of my favorites, but is one you rarely find, so it is great to see a U.S. brewer making one. The style is the lesser-known cousin of the Oktoberfest/Marzen... Read More

Clawhammer Oktoberfest

Clawhammer Oktoberfest by Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a deep, rich orange hue leading to a soft beige head. The head dissipates pretty quickly into a thin lacing, which unfortunately is a precursor of things to come. The nose starts off with some great toasty Vienna-like malt character,... Read More

Derogation

Derogation by Hidden Cove Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Derogation by Hidden Cove Brewing is described as a sour golden ale aged in Hungarian oak red wine barrels with Alicante wine grapes, which puts it under the Wild Specialty Ale per BJCP 2015 Category 28C. It falls under this category due to its generic base description and use of wood &... Read More

Collision Stout

Collision Stout, Holy City Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Collision Stout by Holy City Brewing is a stout that is bourbon barrel aged, which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer. It falls into the Specialty version due to the bourbon characteristics, which are definitely evident. This beer pours a beautiful jet black that is... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Insufficient Clearance IPA by Sketchbook Brewing Co. is an IPA that best fits under the BJCP category 21B for specialty IPA as a New England style. This style separates itself from the normal American IPA by its excessive haze, low bitterness, soft mouthfeel and juicy-forward hops. This beer... Read More

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