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

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

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

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

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