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

King Of The Yahd

Foolproof Beer King of the Yahd Imperial IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Brewing an Imperial IPA is almost a requirement for breweries these days, but it's still nice to see one get it right and not create an IBU/ABV bomb! This one has a lot going for it -- it's complex without being over-the-top, and provides a solid IPA experience.

The beer pours a clear,... Read More

When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out Sun King Brewing.jpg
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

When the Lights Go Out by Sun King Brewery (judged under BJCP category 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) is a coffee porter.  That pretty much says it all.  

The beer pours a deep mahogany with a dense off-white head, and the aroma exhibits a low level of coffee and cocoa roast, and bit of... Read More

Brekle's Brown

Brekle's Brown Anchor Brewing Beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Brekle's Brown is an American Brown Ale in the sense that it's brown, and made in America. While not a bad beer, it's much more like a brown porter than an ABA, with a heavy dose of nutty and molasses-like aromas and flavors, and relatively little of the citrus hop punch that Anchor suggests is... Read More

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

Pump[KY]n

Pumpkyn Avery Brewing Pumpkin Beer
Judges Rating:
70
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Well... you can definitely tell this was aged in a bourbon barrel. So if that's your thing you might really enjoy this beer. If it isn't...

The beer pours dark brown but quite clear with a scant off-white head that fades quickly. The aroma is woody and hot, like actually sniffing the... 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

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