Owen Ogletree

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Beer Judge

Founder of the popular Classic City Brew Fest held in Athens, Georgia, Owen runs Brewtopia.info and writes for Southern Brew News. A National Judge as ranked by the BJCP, Owen has also served as a beer judge at the Great American Beer Festival and the Great British Beer Festival.

Owen Ogletree BJCP National Beer Judge Certificate

My articles

An Introduction to Mead
Craft mead ranks as a hot new trend in the alcohol industry, but few imbibers truly understand and appreciate the complexities and defining...
Defining the Pilsner Style
Every beer drinker has probably enjoyed a Pilsner, but do they really know what they're drinking? This story looks to define that famous and popular...
What is Real Ale?
In traditional pubs in the U.K., patrons stroll up to the bar to select a beer. Along with offerings in bottles and cans, pubs will pour a range of...
9 Most Influential Hops of All Time, Photo Courtesy Flickr/Allagash Brewing
Hops form a vital role in today's diverse brewing industry, and hop varieties possess distinct personalities that range from floral German noble hops...
Stone Brewing Berlin Brewmaster Thomas Tyrell
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the first U.S. craft brewery to expand into Europe, Stone Brewing Berlin. Brewmaster Thomas Tyrell took me...
The Sierra Nevada Beer Camp packaging is one of the brewery's many smaller-scale innovations. (Photo Courtesy Sierra Nevada)
While large-scale advancements in brewing and packaging usually get noticed by craft beer aficionados, smaller innovations like improved pop-top...
England, Belgium, Amsterdam, Germany and even the Czech Republic rank as noted European beer travel destinations, but what about France? Sure, some...
Heavy Seas founder Hugh Sisson
Hugh Sisson, founder of Heavy Seas Beer, definitely makes the cut on any list of the most influential American craft beer pioneers. Hugh guided his...
Ska brewing co-founder Dave Thibodeau celebrates 20 years of beer. (Credit: Owen Ogletree)
Nestled in the hills just outside scenic downtown Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing holds cult status among many followers of craft beer in America....

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My reviews

Release The Hounds

Release The Hounds
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This potent deep amber ale also reveals attractive orange hues when held to the light. The higher alcohol content of many barleywines may reduce head retention, but this beer shows no sign of the problem. The nose picks up mild prune, vanilla and crème brûlée with touches of woody, herbal hops... Read More

Double Bock

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Uncomplicated aromas of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, raisins and fig preserves on toast emerge from this clear, ruddy brown/orange lager that produces an impressive layer of thick foam. Rich malts barrage the tongue with waves of treacle, sweet crystal malt and earthy, ripe fruit. Subtle... Read More

SummerBright Ale

Summer Bright Ale
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This light golden ale pours with persistent, white, delicate foam. Very clear and bright, the beer appears to have been filtered quite heavily. Subtle aromas of earthy cereal grains and gentle citrus lead to comparable flavor notes of cracked wheat, light lemon zest and extremely subdued hops... Read More

Pale Ale (1996 Recipe)

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer wafts a clean bouquet of toasted malt and moderate piney, citrusy hops, complemented by a profile of low fruity esters. Deep amber in color and fairly clear, with just a hint of chill haze, the ale also sports an impressive stand of off-white foam with first-class head retention.

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Black is the new Wit

Black is the new Wit
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Quite an interesting experimental ale, this beer boasts an expansive range of mild flavors that merge to form a unique black ale with aromas of dark malts and suggestions of root beer, coffee, cola, burnt sugar, raisins, plum and smoke. The ale comes across as almost opaque with a gorgeous... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This unusual ale smells of cocoa powder, orange zest, overripe figs and plums, slight earthy hops and bittersweet chocolate. With moderate carbonation and an off-white, slightly tan foam that settles quickly, this dark red ale seems quite atypical for an IPA. Flavors of slightly sweet chocolate... Read More

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