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

With a chill outside and a roaring fire and festive atmosphere indoors, family and friends gather around a winter holiday table, anxiously...
Fruit Beer & Belgian Golden Strong Ale Style
A tough guy walks into a bar. He looks the bartender dead in the eye. “Give me a beer,” he says with deliberate gravitas. “And a back story to go...
Bring up the topic of Tennessee’s top craft beers, and most local beer devotees will talk about Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing and founder/owner Linus...
 American Wheat Beer & Baltic Porter
For those who love the American Wheat Beer style that has become such an engaging counterpoint to the wheat beers produced in Europe, Owen has the...
During the fledging days of Bell's Brewery, founder Larry Bell found himself in a bind. He needed to drive around Kalamazoo, Michigan to complete...
Once in a while, brewers come along who knows how to hit taste buds in a way that inspires deep appreciation and loyalty among beer drinkers and...
Specialty IPAs and Dark Strong Ales
Specialty IPA Known for their unbridled creativity and ability to start beer trends, American craft brewers have spawned a myriad of American IPA...
Vienna Lager and Extra Special Strong Bitter / ESB
For our Fall Issue, Owen Ogletree provides the telling details behind two well traveled beers that may move around but have never gone out of style....
Savannah
Visitors flock to the Peach State’s oldest city in search of a connection to the genteel past of antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets, garden...

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My reviews

Height of Civilization

Height of Civilization Beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The nose seems overwhelmed by complex aroma layers of alcohol, walnuts, citrus, berries, honeysuckle, fruit salad, wood tannins, agave, herbs and gourd pulp that bring to mind a spiced dessert pudding with melted marshmallows. The appearance comes across as murky brown to dark copper with mild... 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

Stony Brook Red

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Like a rustic wine, this fruity selection suggests odors of sweet cherries, prunes, berries and hints of lactic acid and mild balsamic vinegar. A shy caramel malt note struggles to be noticed. A gorgeous, dark brown color holds a modest red hue when the translucent beer is illuminated and a... Read More

Carnevale Ale

Carnevale Ale
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sometimes blending two wonderful things produces unexpected, yet magnificent, results. This beer's bold, piney, resiny, citrusy American hop personality engages in an intriguing marriage with fruity, spicy, saison notes and slight wild yeast complexity – producing an end product that's balanced... Read More

Trappist Ale

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Poured into a Belgian-style beer chalice, this elegant brew produces restrained aromas of fruity Belgian esters, banana, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla and light tropical fruit allusions. Deep gold in color with a slight haze and resilient stand of white, creamy foam, this selection offers all the... Read More

Ned

Alpine Beer Ned Flanders Red
Ned
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

When poured into an oversized tulip glass, this sour Belgian-style brew shows off a creamy tan layer of foam and a dark brown color with ruby hues. Aromas of dark fruit esters, balsamic vinegar, caramel and a hint of bitter chocolate emerge from the glass, followed by palate notes dominated by... Read More

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