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

Orabelle

Orabelle Great Divide Beer Tripel
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Lots of breweries chase that elusive goal: that wonderful, delicate, flavorful, and drinkable Belgian-style Tripel, but most miss to some greater or lesser degree. This is a good beer, but it too doesn't quite hit the mark.

The beer pours a pale gold with a low white head and a slight... Read More

Squall IPA

squall ipa dogfish head beer
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Squall IPA isn't a bad beer, but it definitely isn't a good IPA. The overall impression is that of a caramelly, bready, alcoholic beer rather than a bright, hoppy IPA that I was expecting.  

The beer pours a dark gold with a slight haze, and a thin white head that dissipates fairly... Read More

Segal Ranch Session

Green Flash Segal Ranch Session Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Session IPAs are a curious (and, some would say, difficult) balance of aggressive hopping and lighter malts/lower ABVs, and they can come across, to some, as overly bitter hop water. This beer doesn't go that far, but there's certainly an argument to be made that it doesn't offer much beyond a... Read More

S.I.P.A.

Ipswich Brewery IPA
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

There's no shortage of "sessionable" IPAs on the market, and the challenge most face is how to provide the full hoppy experience with less malt support. That's a challenge that this beer doesn't quite meet.

It pours gold and clear with a scant white head, and the aroma is surprisingly... 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

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Session IPAs represent an attempt to make something like an IPA, only smaller (without, one would assume, being an American Pale Ale). The risk is that they just turn into low-alcohol bittering bombs, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your tastes) that's exactly what happens here... Read More

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