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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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My reviews

The Grizz

The Grizz Tallgrass Beer Double IPA
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

Top Rope IPA

Tallgrass Beer Top Rope IPA
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

Classic Saison

Blackberry Farm Brewery Classic Saison Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Following a loud pop of the cork, this beer quickly forms a massive, rocky, foamy white head that fills up half the glass, indicating a higher level of carbonation that's appropriate for this style. The liquid underneath glows an appealing, bright yellow with very good clarity. The aroma is... Read More

Songbird Saison

Songbird Saison Tallgrass Beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This saison pours from the can light in color, somewhere between pale straw and light gold, with excellent clarity. A brilliant white head forms quickly but fades away just as fast, never to be seen again. The aroma is strongly of pilsner malt, wheat, grass, hay, and corn. Graininess dominates... Read More

Spring Saison

blackberry farms spring saison
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Saison is brewed with flavors and spices frequently associated with Belgian witbiers such as orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise. This example pours a nearly crystal clear and straw yellow color with a persistent, frothy, bright white head indicative of the higher carbonation that... Read More

Fielder's Choice

Fielder's Choice Heavy Seas Beer Cal Ripken
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

American Lager gets a (somewhat deserved) bad rap among craft beer drinkers. Unfortunately, too many commercial examples lack flavor and are too watery. One would be justified to worry when initially seeing this beer with its golden yellow color, perfect clarity, and little to no head. However,... Read More

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