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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Member for
3 years 8 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout by RavenBeer is being judged as BJCP Category 34C, Experimental Beer. Although Oyster Stout is not an officially recognized style, it enjoys a colorful and mythical history. Some examples are meant as accompaniments to shellfish dishes, while other examples... Read More

Triboulet

Triboulet, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Triboulet by Arches Brewing is an Imperial Pale Lager, judged as BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA. This particular variation of IPA is notable for the absence of esters and other yeast expressions expected in highly hopped beers; the difference is striking.

This beer's aroma has an... Read More

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

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

Inceptus

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Moderate lactic and buttery aromas rise from this American Wild Ale, which take on more of a background character that's damp and earthy as it warms. This beer pours an opaque orange color, though there is no visible sediment. The white head disappears instantly – not uncommon in this style. The... Read More

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