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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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My reviews

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Great Divide Beer
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Wow. Great Divide really parked this one. Not only is this beer a technical masterpiece with virtually no detectable flaws, it brings together a lot of unruly elements (oak, coffee, high alcohol, intense roast) and makes them all play well together. This is a beer you don't want to miss.

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Georgia 1UP IPA

Georgia 1UP IPA by Southern Sky Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

American IPA (BJCP category 21A) is a well-traveled road these days, and Southern Sky's Georgia 1UP IPA is a familiar and pleasant walk down it.

It pours deep gold with a slight haze and a thin, white head. The aroma is resiny, suggesting a healthy dose of late and/or dry hopping, with... 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

Moravian Rhapsody

Moravian Rhapsody Raleigh Brewing Beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

At its best, the Czech Pilsner style is a real delight. One reason that many brewers don't brew one is because of the time involved and the technical challenges of making a delicate light lager. This is a good – but not great – example of the style, and a drinkable – but not exciting –... Read More

Alepocalypse

Alepocalypse by Southern Sky Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Although it defies definition, this beer can best be described as a barrel-aged Belgian Dark Strong ale, with a touch of stout or Baltic Porter for inspiration -- however you define it, though, there's no doubt that it's a beer worth drinking. It was evaluated as a Wood Aged beer (BJCP category... Read More

La Ferme Urbaine

Foolproof Beer La Ferme Urbaine Farmhouse Ale Saison
Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Farmhouse ales tend to be relatively easy drinkers, but some really swing for the fences. This is one such Saison, and while the effort is commendable, the beer is sharply unbalanced and tough to drink. I would love to see what the brewery does with this in future passes because I honestly... Read More

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