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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:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The bar for Gueuze (or Geuze, as Brouwerij Boon spells it here) is pretty high, given that it's a blended (and therefore "created") beer. This one hits all the right notes for a blended Lambic, and the quibbles really only come from the choices made in creating the blend.

The beer pours... Read More

Caramel Apple Tripel

Caramel Apple Tripel by Sun King Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sun King Brewery's unique Caramel Apple Tripel (judged under BJCP category 29C, Specialty Fruit Beer) is a curious fusion of styles, methods, and ingredients that work surprisingly well together!

The beer pours medium-gold, with low, dense, off-white head.  The apple hits your nose... 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

Hoperation Overload

Destihl Brewery Hoperation Overload Double IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Double IPAs are a study in extremes, but too many fizzle out on the palate for lack of character or balance. This one is OK, but that's it – just OK. It stops short of “failing,” but it doesn’t quite succeed either.

The beer pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that fades quickly (... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Ommegang's first-ever Double IPA is a solid entry into the category.  

It pours clear and gold with a thin white head. The aroma is hop-forward, as you might imagine, with notes of pine, tropical fruit and citrus -- though it isn't as prominent as you'd find in other beers in this... 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

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