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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 in the mid aughts and started homebrewing shortly thereafter. Regardless of style, Jim is always on the lookout for breweries that are good at what they do.

 

   

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

Gnarly Barley IIPA

Gnarly Barley IIPA

Louisiana
United States
Gnarly Barley IIPA, Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
Description 

At 8% ABV, this double IPA is packed with 6 lbs per barrel of Galaxy, Wai-iti, and Mosaic Cryo! The Australian and New Zealand hop varietals bring flavors and aromas of stone fruit, peach and citrus

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Malts: 
Two-row, Flaked Oats, Carapils
Hops: 
Galaxy, Wai-iti, Mosaic Cryo

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Gnarly Barley IIPA by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is a Double IPA, judged as BJCP Category 22A. This DIPA is expectedly juicy, fresh and fruity smelling. The hop burst can be detected from over a foot away. It looks a bit like orange juice in the glass with a small white head. The taste isn't as... Read More

Height of Civilization

Height of Civilization Beer
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer is a sipper, a Barleywine brewed with lemons, hibiscus, cranberry, cherry, and cocoa nibs. Its aroma is quite rich and generically fruity, with oak, ethanol, and cocoa coming through. Ethanol becomes more apparent as it warms, and the fruitiness becomes overripe. It pours penny-copper... Read More

Lil' Juicy Hazy Juicy IPA

Lil' Juicy Hazy Juicy IPA

Connecticut
United States
Lil' Juicy Hazy Juicy IPA, Two Roads Brewing Co.
Description 

An unfiltered, double dry hopped New England IPA that uses generous amounts of Galaxy, Citra and Azacca hops. The result is a “crushable” IPA with notes of tropical juicy fruits, orange, lemon-lime and florals. *Contains lactose.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.2%
Hops: 
Galaxy, Citra, Azacca

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Lil' Juicy Hazy Juicy IPA by Two Roads Brewing Co. was judged as a Hazy IPA (also known as a New England IPA) judged via BJCP Category 21C. Hazy IPA was newly added as its own sub-style in the 2021 BJCP guidelines. This style intensifies hop aromas and flavors and focuses on fruity strains,... Read More

12th Round

12th Round Roughtail Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Strong Ale checks all the stylistic boxes. Its aroma consists of citrusy and resinous hops that contrast with lightly caramelly and bready malt. Also in the mix are stone fruit and ethanol aromas, with a touch of chocolate. The beer is dark brown in color with reddish hues, yet is ... Read More

Green's Gluten Free Dubbel Ale

Green's Gluten Free Dubbel Ale

Green's Gluten Free Dubbel Ale, Green's Gluten Free
Description 

In the classic dubbel fashion, a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and a traditional Belgian yeast bouquet.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
50º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Green's Gluten-Free Dubbel Ale by Green's Gluten Free Beers was judged as BJCP Category 31A, Alternative Grain Beer.

The aroma of this barley-free Dubbel is mild overall, with gentle fruit esters and a specific note of fig. This beer is reddish brown-colored and has a tall, dense tan head... Read More

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