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

Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Mischief Managed - Guava/Passion fruit by Monday Night Brewing is a Berliner Weisse-style beer with guava and passion fruit, brewed by Monday Night Brewing and judged as BJCP Category 29A, Fruit Beer.

Only a low carbonation level seems apparent upon opening, judging by the very quiet hiss... 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

Ramblin' Rubus

Ramblin' Rubus, Revelry Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Ramblin' Rubus by Revelry Brewing​ was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (BJCP Category 28C).   The aroma is very fruity with noticeable raspberry. It also has a nice level of funk and sourness in the background. Flavor is also fruity, and quite sweet. It is tart with no hops. This beer has a medium... 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

American AF

American AF, Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

American AF by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was judged as an American Light Lager, BJCP Category 1A.

August is a wonderful time to be sampling American Light Lagers. Offering a combination of refreshment, quality and flavor, craft brewed versions of this style are a far cry from the fizzy... Read More

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