Garrick van Buren

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Beer Judge

Garrick is a National Judge as ranked by the BJCP and a Certified Cicerone®. He started training his beer palate and vocabulary in 2012. You can find him in his suburban Minneapolis garage brewing a long-forgotten historical beer style or another medal-winning Belgian-style beer. 
 

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3 years 5 months

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A must have for every brewer, the hydrometer measures the gravity of beer. (Photo by Daniel Spiess)
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My reviews

Saison Farmhouse Ale

Hinterland Beer Saison Farmhouse Ale
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The rocky, persistent white head of this beer throws off huge, delicious notes of lemon, orange peel, biscuit, black pepper and coriander. These notes persist through the flavor where the piney and citrusy hop-forward balance and dry finish amplify a lemon tartness. The lemon, wheat, and... Read More

Luna Coffee Stout

Hinterland Beer Luna Coffee Stout
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer has an opaque, dark brown body with bright, sparkling ruby gem highlights capped with a dense, persistent beige head of tiny bubbles. Its aroma is filled with freshly percolated coffee, dark chocolate, and brown malt followed by very light notes of red apple flesh and orange slices.... Read More

White Out Imperial IPA

Hinterland Beer White Out Imperial IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Huge rich malt notes full of caramel, toast, and dark fruit explode off the aroma and are supported by earthy hop notes and wisps of vanilla and alcohol. It's a brilliantly clear, copper-colored beer with a persistent, rocky, head of beige bubbles. The same assertive caramel, dark fruit, and... Read More

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

The persistent, rocky, dusty pink head throws off a huge tart raspberry & strawberry fruity aroma with just a touch of raisin and fig. The brilliantly clear, bright red body with garnet highlights is dominated by a blend of freshly-harvested sweet strawberries, sour tart raspberries laced... Read More

Palm

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The brilliantly clear amber body and the slowly dissipating ivory head delivers an aroma of biscuits, caramel, toast, and honey. The esters dominant in other Belgian styles are not present here. The flavor is a delicate, complex, well-balanced blend of bread crust, honey and floral hops with... Read More

Hinterland Pale Ale

Hinterland Beer Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The pale ale is as straightforward as the label on the bottle. Huge piney and floral hop aromas introduce the beer and are supported by light notes of bread and caramel. Pour this beer into a glass and contemplate how such a stunningly still, beautiful, brilliantly clear, amber body can support... Read More

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