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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

Raincloud

Foolproof Beer Raincloud Robust Porter
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer is a solid attempt at a Robust Porter, and doesn't give in to the temptation to overload it with hops to make it "big" enough to catch folks' attention.  

It's a pretty beer: mahogany with ruby highlights and a low tan head. The initial aromas initially reminded me of popping... Read More

Squall IPA

squall ipa dogfish head beer
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Squall IPA isn't a bad beer, but it definitely isn't a good IPA. The overall impression is that of a caramelly, bready, alcoholic beer rather than a bright, hoppy IPA that I was expecting.  

The beer pours a dark gold with a slight haze, and a thin white head that dissipates fairly... Read More

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

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

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

Whitewater

Great Divide Whitewater Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Everyone has their favorite summer sunshine beer -- this one might well be mine. Light but very flavorful, this is an easy-drinker that still tastes like a very cared-for beer!

Whitewater pours gold with a slight haze and a wispy white head. The aroma is characteristic of Pilsner malt... Read More

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