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

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

New Wave

New Wave, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

New Wave by Pontoon Brewing is a blonde ale and was judged as BJCP Category 18A.

This golden-colored beer has a very pleasant aroma, which is also more complex than typically found in the blonde ale style. It has notes of corn and light DMS, grainy sweetness and noble hops. There is also... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Barrel-Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Base by Pontoon Brewing was judged as BJCP Category 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

This beer's aromas are rich and legion. They are a mixture of dark and dried fruits, oak and ethanol, punctuated with vanilla and becoming sweeter as the beer warms. It... 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:
73
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Barrel-Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Fat Elvis by Pontoon Brewing is a barrel aged Imperial Stout with banana (puree and dried), vanilla, cocoa nibs, and peanut butter made with boiled peanuts, powdered PB, muscovado sugar and marshmallow cream, judged as BJCP Category 34B, Mixed-Style Beer.... 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

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