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:
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

Medlock IPA

Medlock IPA, Six Bridges Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Medlock IPA by Six Bridges Brewing is a New England IPA, judged as BJCP Category 21B. This NEIPA has a traditional, but juicy, hop aroma of pine and resin. A moderate honey smell adds sweetness and appeal. It is a hazy gold color and has a tall, white head. It's a flavorful beer with a zesty,... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sour Continuum with Pink Guava by Six Bridges Brewing is a Berliner Weisse with pink guava, judged as BJCP Category 29A, Fruit Beer. This beer is a milky orange color and very cloudy. It has a tall fluffy head that dissipates quickly, but rouses easily. There is an initial burst of yeastiness in... Read More

Tie 8 On

Tie 8 On, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
8 / 20

Tie 8 On by Monday Night Brewing is a Mixed Style Beer (blend of barrel aged strong beers with vanilla beans), brewed by Monday Night Brewing and judged as BJCP Category 34B. 

This pitch black brew has a complex aroma profile, a combination of wood, vanilla and sweetness. These elements... Read More

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

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