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 6 months

My reviews

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:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This Amber Ale has a sweet, rich caramel aroma supported by a lightly grainy and dusty malt undertone. True to style, it features a  clear, amber color with a low, off-white head that dissipates after only a few moments. This beer's flavor contains caramel and toasted malts, cherry and red apple... 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:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Milk stouts are sweeter than their Irish and American brethren, often resulting from a combination of lactose additions and lower hopping rates. This example smells pleasantly sweet and roasty – like coffee or cream. It pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a low tan head that does not... 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

Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This ale smells malty and rich right from the beginning. It has a moderate melanoidin and breadcrust character, with an aroma that resembles both freshly milled base malt and a bag of almonds. The aroma remains fresh and rich even after the beer warms. Its clear, reddish-amber body carries a... Read More

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