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
3 years 2 months

My reviews

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

Orange Door

Orange Door, Sketchbook Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Orange Door is an American IPA, judged as BJCP Category 21A. This beer has moderate hop aroma that is fruity and sweet. There are classic citrus notes, specifically grapefruit. It pours an orange-yellow color with a low, wispy white head. This beer's flavor is expectedly hoppy, with more... Read More

Night Game

Night Game, Sketchbook Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Night Game is a Double IPA brewed with honey, judged as BJCP Category 22A. This beer’s aroma consists of moderately-high levels of citrus, grapefruit and resinous hops. It is a bright, slightly sweet smelling and very pleasant aroma. It pours a clear, orange color with solid white head and good... Read More

Palm

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

Cowcatcher

Cowcatcher Smartmouth Beer Stout
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

Hibiscuwit

Hibiscuwit
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

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