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 11 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:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This pretty, amber, Belgian ale begins with elegant Vienna-like malt aromas. It smells lightly caramelized with notes of toffee and floral hops. This beer's flavor has a lightly sweet malt character that is toasty and bready. It is very well-attenuated and finishes semi-dry, with a hint of... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The best Spice, Herb, and Vegetable beers combine an array of flavors -- often unfamiliar -- and become something greater than the sum of their parts. This beer, brewed with hibiscus, succeeds in that. Its aroma is anchored by a grainy, bready, wheat malt character, supported by a subtle blend... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Moderate lactic and buttery aromas rise from this American Wild Ale, which take on more of a background character that's damp and earthy as it warms. This beer pours an opaque orange color, though there is no visible sediment. The white head disappears instantly – not uncommon in this style. The... 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

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