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

Snow Blind

Starr Hill Snow Blind
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Doppelbocks are a strong, rich and very malty German lager. The most common versions are darker and have a deep malt character that's full of Maillard products typical of decoction mashes. Although typically malty-sweet, it comes from the rich character and low bitterness rather than caramel... Read More

Lucky Scars

Lucky Scars, Currahee Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lucky Scars IPA by Currahee Brewing Co. is an American IPA and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 category 21A. It pours a deep golden yellow color, with a slight haze and long-lasting white head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is full of fruit thanks to a blend of hops and a vibrant yeast... 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

Bludgeon Double IPA

Bludgeon Double IPA by Hidden Cove Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Bludgeon Double IPA by Hidden Cove Brewing is a Double IPA and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 Category 22A. This beer looks something like honey blossom honey with a light amber color with a deep orange hue, good clarity despite slight haze and a thick, frothy off-white head. The aroma is... Read More

Snag & Drop

Snag & Drop by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Snag & Drop by Cape May Brewing refers to itself as a Triple IPA, but this doesn’t exist under the BJCP guidelines, therefore it falls under the high end of a Double IPA and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 Category 22A. It meets all of the parameters of the double IPA, just a bit boozier... Read More

Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces by Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Missing Pieces by Highland Brewing is a Double IPA and will be judged as such by BJCP 2015 Category 22A.

This beer pours a deep yellow color, approaching golden, with a lasting off-white head and some haze, though less than expected for a New England style IPA. Fortunately it hits the... Read More

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