Jim Koebel

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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.

 

   

History

Member for
2 years 2 weeks

My reviews

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

(21A. American IPA) This IPA has familiar grapefruit and lemon hop aromas and a low ethanol note. Overall it smells citrusy-sweet, without the intensity found in some examples. It is orange in color and has a dense, white head that lasts forever—a welcome trait for a canned beer. This beer... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

(30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer) Of all the flavors that can be added to beer, peanut butter may be one of the more difficult options. You can’t exactly start dumping globs of it into the mash or boil and expect great results. Dry powder is an option, as is an artificial flavor additive.... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

(30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer) In beer, coffee and chocolate flavors often go hand-in-hand, as they can be derived from the same source malts. Namely, dark roasted varieties like black patent and, you guessed it, chocolate malt. And since these flavors are natural counterparts, accenting... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aromas of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple that make up the nose of this DIPA are familiar, but their intensity is one of a kind; they could be smelled over two feet away upon cracking it open.  Eventually, bitter pith and resin come through with honey-like malt that is mild but also rich... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma of this Double IPA shows itself to be distinctive right away. Absent are the citrus fruit hop aromas that have come to be expected in this style; instead, It is peppery, earthy, herbal, and musty. Low caramel maltiness supports this powerful hop aroma, along with generic, sweet esters... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Raspberry is the dominant aroma in this Raspberry Saison, followed closely by earthy hops and a spicy phenolic character. There is a huge, crackly, cream-colored head on this deep orange-colored beer. This beer’s flavor is quite different from the aroma with the fruit character, even the... Read More

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