Josh Weikert

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Beer Judge

​Josh Weikert took up homebrewing in 2007 as a means of staying sane during graduate school, and even though school is over, the brewing continues! He is a founding member and past president of the Stoney Creek Homebrewers, has medaled in every BJCP beer style, is a BJCP Grand Master Judge and Certified Cicerone, and is a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania Homebrewer of the Year.  He is also the author of the Beer: Simple blog (beer-simple.com).

Josh is a professor and lecturer in political science, specializing in political communication and political psychology. He lives in Collegeville, PA with his wife, Barbara (also an award-winning brewer), and their dog Biscuit (who has yet to win any medals, but is remarkably happy to watch on brew days).

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History

Member for
2 years 11 months

My articles

How to Host the Best Beer Tasting Party
There is arguably no better way for both new and veteran beer geeks to learn about beer than to host a beer tasting party. Not only does it provide...
The Difference Between Sour and Wild Ale
Sour and Wild Ales have become increasingly popular, both within The Beer Connoisseur community and without. While they have substantial differences...
"Leaving living yeast in the bottle means that the overall flavor of the beer can continue to evolve and change in subtle ways."
Beer is alive. Well, not all beer, and technically I suppose it isn’t the beer that’s alive but rather that there are living things in the beer, but...

My reviews

Untouchable

Nelson India Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Speakeasy's Untouchable IPA is a solid addition to a market that has every kind of IPA imaginable on offer. It makes good use of not-commonly-paired hops, and has a rich malt base upon which to play. If it has a major flaw, it might be that the malt is a little too prominent a part of the... Read More

Barstool

Foolproof Beer Barstool Golden Ale
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

There's nothing wrong with this beer, but there's really not much "right" with it either. It can best be described as "aggressively nondescript."

Termed an "American Golden Ale," it definitely describes the appearance: gold, a slight haze, and scant white head. The aroma is comprised of a... Read More

Hoperation Overload

Destihl Brewery Hoperation Overload Double IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Double IPAs are a study in extremes, but too many fizzle out on the palate for lack of character or balance. This one is OK, but that's it – just OK. It stops short of “failing,” but it doesn’t quite succeed either.

The beer pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that fades quickly (... Read More

Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA by Starr Hill Brewery (BJCP Category 21B: Specialty IPA) shows promise, but seems to be showing some fragility in its flavor as oxidation takes a bit of a toll.

The beer pours brilliantly clear and surprisingly dark (light amber) for a session IPA, with... Read More

Raincloud

Foolproof Beer Raincloud Robust Porter
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer is a solid attempt at a Robust Porter, and doesn't give in to the temptation to overload it with hops to make it "big" enough to catch folks' attention.  

It's a pretty beer: mahogany with ruby highlights and a low tan head. The initial aromas initially reminded me of popping... Read More

Caramel Apple Tripel

Caramel Apple Tripel by Sun King Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sun King Brewery's unique Caramel Apple Tripel (judged under BJCP category 29C, Specialty Fruit Beer) is a curious fusion of styles, methods, and ingredients that work surprisingly well together!

The beer pours medium-gold, with low, dense, off-white head.  The apple hits your nose... Read More

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