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:
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

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

Hipster IPA

Hipster IPA, Iron Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hipster IPA by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a New England IPA, judged as BJCP Category 21B.

This example has a sweet, juicy hop aroma containing notes of pine, mango and other fruit. It pours a milky yellow color and is hazy. The flavor is also hop-dominated, but tastes more of... Read More

Philly Special

Philly Special, Iron Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Philly Special by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a New England IPA brewed by Iron Hill Brewing, judged as BJCP Category 21B. Classic West Coast hops make up the aroma of this beer and include pine, lemon and resin. There's a note of passion fruit as well. The aroma overall is subdued. It... 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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