Graham L. Barron

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Beer Judge

Graham is a National-ranked BJCP judge living in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. He has been homebrewing beer for almost 20 years since it became legal in Georgia. His favorite styles to brew (and drink) are IPA’s, Double IPA’s, and malty lagers like Oktoberfest/Marzen, and Maibock. He recently embarked on a series of sour beers that will hopefully mature favorably over the next few years.

Aside from beer and brewing, Graham’s other hobbies include coaching youth baseball, fishing, and cooking. When not doing those things, he works as an attorney. 

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History

Member for
2 years 9 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A beautiful, glowing, orange/amber beverage greets the drinker. A slightly off-white head forms quickly and hangs around, leaving nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an assertive blend of pine and sweet caramel, leaving no doubt that this beer is loaded with both hops and malt... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Session IPA is a relatively new style that is arguably still finding its way among brewers. I look for certain qualities in a good session IPA: drinkability, lower alcohol content, and assertive hop flavor and bitterness. This example pours clear and bright with a beautiful orange glow and a... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This holiday beer pours a deep amber color with perfect clarity and only a hint of a head. A very woody nose on this beer leaves no doubt that it spent a significant amount of time in an oak barrel. Strong notes of vanilla mix in with dark fruits, caramel and burnt sugar. There are no hops to be... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Saison is a style that is open to a wide range of brewer interpretation, but this wine barrel-aged beer pushes those broad limits even further. Upon pouring, I am greeted by a glowing, orange-colored beer with a fluffy white head. Classic Belgian yeast character jumps out in the aroma with heavy... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This ale pours a very dark brown (near-black) with a light tan head that dissipates quickly, which is not surprising given the alcohol content. Upon taking the first whiff, you are immediately hit with a spiciness that brings to mind the aromas of Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Hops are... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A golden, glowing amber beverage of excellent clarity greets the drinker. A moderate white head forms quickly and hangs around – and clings to the sides of the glass – until the last drop is finished. The aroma leaves no doubt that this is a hoppy beer. Loads of orange peel, grapefruit and... Read More

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