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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

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

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

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

Hazy Bastard

Hazy Bastard by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Hazy Bastard from Blue Point (evaluated under BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA - specifically as a New England IPA) is, per the brewery, a double-dry-hopped "juicy" IPA that seems to be lacking the bright, fruity hops character that we've come to expect from the style - though it is, admittedly... Read More

Hennepin

Hennepin Ommegang Brewery Saison
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Some beers get it right right from the jump, and Hennepin is squarely in that category. From the first sniff to the last sip, it embodies what we think of in a Saison, with darn little to pick at.

It pours a beautiful gold with a rocky white head and a light haze. The aroma is rich with... 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

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