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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

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

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Some Yeti variations are among the best beers on the planet. This one is good, but not that good.

Like most imperial stouts, this one pours a deep mahogany with a thick brown head, which is surprisingly persistent (given the high ABV). The aroma is straight out of your coffee maker: rich... Read More

Lift

Lift by MadTree Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

LIFT (judged under BJCP category 5B, Kolsch) is an inoffensive and unremarkable beer, which may be exactly what the brewers intended.

It pours medium gold and hazy, with a fluffy white, persistent head. The aroma is mostly Pilsner malt, with its characteristic biscuit and honey notes... Read More

Palo Santo Marron

Palo Santo Marron Dogfish Head Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Subtlety isn’t this beer’s strong suit, which is a great thing for big beer drinkers! The opening salvo of aromatics includes a complex blend of vanilla, toast, coffee, green wood, and chocolate. Alcohols build as it warms and add to the complexity. 

The beer pours a dark mahogany, but it... 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

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

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