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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:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Volume Fourteen Embroidered Bird Motif, 19th Century by Wunderkammer Bier is a sour ale with yarrow which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 28C Wild Specialty Beer due to its use of herbs/spices. The beer pours a deep golden color with an orange hue and some haze. There is an off-white head with... Read More

Mango Habanero IPA

Mango Habanero IPA

Florida
United States
Mango Habanero IPA, Motorworks Brewing
Description 

We dosed our unfiltered IPA with mango puree and fresh, de-seeded Red Savina Habaneros, bolstering its citrusy, tropical flavors and imparting a peppery sweet-heat that’s just right.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.9%
IBUs: 
85
Malts: 
Two Row Pale, Wheat, Pilsen, Carapils
Hops: 
Chinook, Amarillo, Citra

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Mango Habanero IPA by Motorworks Brewing is an IPA (BJCP category 21A), but due to the additions of mango and habanero it shifts to Fruit & Spice Beer, which is BJCP 2015 category 29B. These additions are definitely complementary to the style as IPAs go great with both tropical fruit and... Read More

Paradise Park 100

Paradise Park 100

Louisiana
United States
Paradise Park 100, Urban South Brewery
Description 

At only 100 calories, this lo-cal lager is fit for paradise! Flaked rice and pale malt create a snappy light lager.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.0%
IBUs: 
10
Malts: 
Flaked Rice, Pale Malt
Hops: 
Loral

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Paradise Park 100 by Urban South Brewery is a lo-calorie lager that falls under BJCP category 1A as a Light Lager. This is the same category as the light macros (Bud Light, etc), but it’s certainly a step above in quality despite a similar appearance. It pours a pale straw color with brilliant... Read More

Anti-Hero IPA

Anti-Hero IPA Revolution Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This IPA pours a toasty golden color with great clarity and a thick white head that sticks. The hops aren’t as big as you’d expect, but are still plentiful with notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, passion fruit and peach. The malt is a bit bolder than desired, almost to an English IPA level, which... Read More

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

United Kingdom
Oatmeal Stout, Samuel Smith
Description 

Almost opaque deep brown color, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry velvet palate with enticing fruitiness. Finish is, perhaps, bittersweet.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
32
Served at: 
55º F
Hops: 
Fuggles, Goldings

 

 


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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith's Brewery is, as named, an oatmeal stout that falls under the BJCP 2021 category 16B, oatmeal stout. Although not official, this style has an English and an American varietal, with the latter being a bit more hoppy, less sweet... Read More

Daily Grind

Daily Grind Saison Starr Hill Beer
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Saison pours a deep straw color with brilliant clarity and a large white head. Spicy notes are noticeable the second the beer hits the glass and the nose is all the about the spice. A blend of freshly ground peppercorns is discovered up front as well as some clove, ginger, cardamom and... Read More

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