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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

Prop Stopper

Prop Stopper by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Prop Stopper Seaweed IPA (judged under BJCP Category 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) is a good IPA dressed up as a specialty beer!  I don't know that the seaweed added anything of particular note, but there's a really solid IPA in there.

The beer pours a dark gold, brightly... 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

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

Nadia Kali

Great Divide beer Nadia Kali Saison
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is a fun and well-made fruit beer; I'm just not certain that hibiscus and saison play well together. Having said that, I'd have been happy to drink a full pint of this, particularly on a warm day!

The beer pours an attractive, rust-colored hue with a wispy, bright white head. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cold Mountain Winter Ale (judged under BJCP category 30C, Winter Seasonal Beer) is a pleasant surprise for anyone who expects all "winter ales" to be hot and heavy.  Its subtle flavors are a nice change of pace, and it doesn't sacrifice a rich, wintry impression despite that subtlety.

The... Read More

Untouchable

Nelson India Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Speakeasy's Untouchable IPA is a solid addition to a market that has every kind of IPA imaginable on offer. It makes good use of not-commonly-paired hops, and has a rich malt base upon which to play. If it has a major flaw, it might be that the malt is a little too prominent a part of the... Read More

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