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

Void & Form

Void & Form, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Void & Form by Monday Night Brewing is a Sour IPA judged as BJCP Category 28B, Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer.

This beer's aroma opens with juicy hop and fruitiness. It then takes on a nicely blended and clean sourness, with pronounced grapefruit aroma. It pours a hazy orange color with... Read More

Darker Subject Matter

Darker Subject Matter, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Darker Subject Matter by Monday Night Brewing is an Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels judged as BJCP Category 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

This beer has a pleasant blend of fruit, vanilla and ethanol aromas. It pours black in color with no head (virtually no CO2 escaped when... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Shannon Irish Coffee Cream Ale by Shannon Brewing Co. was judged a Cream Ale with lactose, aged on fresh coffee beans, judged as BJCP Category 30A, Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer.

This beer's aroma is dominated by a mild roast coffee character, with light sweetness underneath. It is clean... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Shannon Hazelnut Chocolate Stout by Shannon Brewing Co. is a Sweet Stout with hazelnuts, judged as BJCP Category 30A, Herb, Spice, and Vegetable Beer. 

This beer's aroma is rich and chocolaty, right off the bat. There are no detectable hops. As it warms, it becomes very nutty, and there... Read More

Philly Special

Philly Special, Iron Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Philly Special by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a New England IPA brewed by Iron Hill Brewing, judged as BJCP Category 21B. Classic West Coast hops make up the aroma of this beer and include pine, lemon and resin. There's a note of passion fruit as well. The aroma overall is subdued. It... Read More

Gnarly Barley IIPA

Gnarly Barley IIPA, Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
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

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