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

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

Mystik Bock

Mystik Bock, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mystik Bock by Arches Brewing was judged as a Dunkles Bock, BJCP Category 6C.

True to type, this beer has a rich, Munich-type malt aroma. It becomes more distinctly toasty after awhile in the glass. It pours with a low, tan colored head and is reddish-amber in color. It is very clear.... Read More

Oak & White

Oak & White, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Oak & White by Upland Brewing Co. is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale, judged as BJCP Category 28C, Wild Specialty Ale. This beer has a tart aroma with layers of complexlty that follow. Low spicing and oak tannins are present, as is a distinct white grape (fermented, like white wine) aroma.... Read More

Pearpawsterous

Pearpawsterous, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pearpawsterous by Upland Brewing Co. is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale, judged as BJCP Category 28C, Wild Specialty Ale. This beer's aroma is tart and fruity, with a low, pleasant mustiness. As it warms slightly, it takes on more depth and the tartness becomes more distinctly lactic. It pours... Read More

Rule G

Smartmouth Beer Rule G IPA
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

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