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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

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

Summer Saison

blackberry farms summer saison
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

When most drinkers think of a saison, they probably imagine a beer that is spicy and phenolic more often than not. However, this beer is more of a tropical take on the style. A vigorous pour yields a frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind a slightly hazy beer with an... Read More

CrossBones

CrossBones Session IPA Heavy Seas Beer
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

Nu-Tropic

Nu Tropic IPA Stillwater Artisanal
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

Red Sky at Morning

Red Sky at Morning Heavy Seas Beer
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

Atlas

Atlas

Georgia
United States
Atlas by Reformation Brewery
Description 

A Balance of Citrus Pine Bitterness & Malt

Atlas is a Rye IPA brewed in celebration of an honest journey and a gathering of stories along the way. Columbus and Cascade hops join forces for a hint of resiny pine and citrus flavor with a distinct spiciness from the rye. All these flavors are supported by a robust malt backbone to provide balance and stability for the journey.

It’s been said by a wiser man that “not all who wander are lost.” Reformation Brewery has journeyed through brewing philosophies and ingredients from all over the globe, making friends around beer on every continent (except for Antarctica). It is an adventure that continually takes us back home to who we are. To adventure!

Food Suggestions - Great with any variation of pork, German cuisine (kraut, sausage), and peppery cheese.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.8%
Hops: 
Columbus, Cascade

 

 


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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

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