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

Grateful Pale Ale

Grateful Pale Ale by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Grateful Pale Ale by Starr Hill Brewery is an American Pale Ale (BJCP category 18B) that hits on all cylinders: this is an excellent beer that you can drink for days.

It pours a brilliant gold with a low but persistent white head, and the initial aroma is of rich grain and grassy, piney... Read More

Blueberry Shandy

Ipswich Shandy
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Well, this one will be quick: It's a blueberry shandy.

In all seriousness, this is a decent beer. It pours a hazy gold with a sparse white head, and the aroma is all "blueberry." It's in quotes because it comes across as artificial.  

The flavor is all tart berries with a slight... Read More

PsycHOPathy

PsycHOPathy by MadTree Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

PscHOPathy (judged as BJCP Category 21A, American IPA) from Mad Tree is a solid but unremarkable member of an ever-expanding universe of American IPAs.

The beer pours gold with a slight haze (OK, given the likely hopping rate), with a fluffy white head that's moderately persistent. The... Read More

Quintaceratops

Quintaceratops Brooklyn Beer
Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

I have no doubt that there were good intentions and sound reasoning behind this beer, and it may find an audience, but I doubt it will work for most people. An overabundance of liquor-like aromas and flavors - and the unavoidable ash-like phenolics - were just a bridge too far for me.

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Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Peanut Butter Porters are the cousin of the now-ubiquitous pumpkin spice beers

Peanut Butter Porters are the cousin of the now-ubiquitous pumpkin spice beers – they're beers that should be fantastic (as chocolate and peanut butter are one of the all-time best flavor pairings), but they... Read More

Antiquity

Destihl Brewery Antiquity Rye Wine Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Well… if you like rye flavors, you’ll love this beer. If you don’t, steer clear! This is one of those beers that exemplifies some special or atypical ingredient, which makes for an interesting (if not always pleasant) experience. But it’s totally rye, all right…

It pours a brilliant amber... Read More

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