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 8 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

DeuS Brut des Flanders is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale, BJCP Style 25C. This beer's aroma is a mixture of ethanol, lavender, fruity, peppery, and sweet.  It pours a very clear, golden color with effervescent carbonation. In a chalice, the head dissipated immediately (like cola), but in a snifter... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Grisette Blance Bio is a Witbier, BJCP Category 24A.  It pours hazy and deep gold in color, with solid white head.  Coriander, orange peel, and citrus fruit are the noticeable aromas and together create a lightly sweet smelling character. 

This beer's flavor is spicy throughout, which is... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruity aromas are dominant initially in this American IPA, seeming to come from both hops and esters, of which apricot and peach are most noticeable. These aromas fade quickly, though, into moderate resinous and berry aromas. It pours a very clear, light amber color with a low white head. This... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Cuvee de Jacobins Prestige is a Flanders Red Ale, BJCP Category 23B.  Flanders Red Ales are always a treat; most examples have a flavor and aroma complexity not found in other beer styles. In fact, this style is often compared to red wine (despite the consensus that wine is an inferior beverage... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The aroma of this dry-hopped sour beer is quite fruity, dominated by grapefruit and passion fruit. Accompanying the fruitiness is a low acidity. There is no malt aroma, and it’s obvious this example won’t veer into funky territory. It is milky yellow in the glass with a moderate white head that... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Double IPA explodes with dense, citrusy hop aromas along with noticeable alcohol aromas. It is gold-colored and hazy with a wispy white head that rouses very well. The flavor contains citrus peel, grapefruit and hop resin with a sturdy and neutral malt backbone. It is quite bitter and dry.... Read More

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