Jim Koebel

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Grand Master Beer Judge

Jim is a Grand Master beer judge and former Associate Exam Director for the Beer Judge Certification Program. He began enjoying good beer about a decade ago and started homebrewing shortly thereafter. Regardless of style, Jim is always on the lookout for breweries that are good at what they do.

 

   

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3 years 5 months

My reviews

Oak & White

Oak & White, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Oak & White by Upland Brewing Co. is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale, judged as BJCP Category 28C, Wild Specialty Ale. This beer has a tart aroma with layers of complexlty that follow. Low spicing and oak tannins are present, as is a distinct white grape (fermented, like white wine) aroma.... Read More

Pearpawsterous

Pearpawsterous, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pearpawsterous by Upland Brewing Co. is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale, judged as BJCP Category 28C, Wild Specialty Ale. This beer's aroma is tart and fruity, with a low, pleasant mustiness. As it warms slightly, it takes on more depth and the tartness becomes more distinctly lactic. It pours... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Aspall Grand Cru by Aspall Cider House (Organic) is  being judged as an English Cider, BJCP Category C1B. This cider is petillant and crystal clear. Its mellow aroma consists of apple and fruity acidity. It tastes mildly sweet with restrained fruity flavor, reminiscent of pear. The aftertaste is... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Brouwerij 't Verzet Oud Bruin is an Oud Bruin, judged as BJCP Category 23C. This example is a murky brown color with a solid charge of fizz. The white head dies down after just a moment. Its aroma is acidic and fruity (mostly cherry) with background sweetness and caramel malt. The taste is full-... Read More

Rule G

Smartmouth Beer Rule G IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruity aromas are dominant initially in this American IPA, seeming to come from both hops and esters, of which apricot and peach are most noticeable. These aromas fade quickly, though, into moderate resinous and berry aromas. It pours a very clear, light amber color with a low white head. This... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Bastogne Ardenne Saison by Brasserie de Bastogne is a Saison refermented with Brettanomyces, judged as BJCP Category 25B. This beer has a restrained, fruity aroma consisting of peach and pear. It is complemented by an equally mild Brett aroma and spicy hop character. After it warms, the aroma... Read More

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