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 7 months

My reviews

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

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

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a dark brown to black color, with high viscosity and a slight, tan-colored head that does not linger for long. Strong aromas of coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, cocoa nibs and rich, sweet malt hit you in the nose. Some dark fruit mixes in but no hops are to be found. There is... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This ale pours from the can with a frothy and persistent off-white head that covers the hazy, dark brown nectar underneath. Chocolate malt jumps out in the nose, complemented by a toasty, nutty and slightly caramelly aroma. A light, woody hop character hides in the background along with a faint... Read More

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

Sometimes traditional is good. With the world of IPA constantly changing with new hops, new hopping techniques, and creative adjuncts, it is always nice to be able to go “back to basics.” This beer pours from the can pale orange with excellent clarity, quickly forming a bright white, long... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The trend of fruited IPA continues unabated, for better or worse, and this beer features the somewhat unusual combination of mango and passionfruit. It pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow from the can, quickly creating an effervescent, bubbly, bright white head that retreats after a few minutes.... Read More

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