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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My articles

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

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

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

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

A rich and complex aroma lead by bittersweet chocolate and roastiness followed by caramel and raisins envelops your nose from this opaque, black beer with a rocky, brown, persistent head. On the palate, the complex malt notes continue; raisin, plum, caramel, and chocolate all rounded out by... 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

White Cap

Hinterland Beer White Cap IPA
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The White Cap is in the nascent White IPA style, a merging of the American IPA and the Belgian Wit styles, though this example is of "Session" strength.

White Cap's aroma and flavor both provide huge citrus notes of orange and grapefruit along with apricot and blueberry, hints of clove... Read More

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