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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

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 fledgling 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...
Coming of Age: The Nuances of Cellaring Beer
A somewhat disorganized, novice beer enthusiast discovers a six-pack of pale ale and a four-pack of imperial stout tucked away in the very back of...

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My reviews

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

Invocation

Wild Heaven Craft Beer Invocation
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This attractive ale pours clear and medium gold in color with a moderate white, creamy head. The nose picks up loads of malt sweetness backed by citrus hints, light fruity esters, a soft golden raisin character and an aroma similar to toasted sweet roll dough. A rich, malty palate comes through... Read More

Dortmunder Gold

Dortmunder Gold
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vividly golden and exceptionally clear, this malty lager throws aromas of floral hops, grains, hints of sweet corn, honey and hard water with traces of sulfur. Sweet malt flavors and light honey and corn notes from pilsner malts balance floral, spicy, noble hops, forming an elegant flavor... Read More

Perfect Day IPA

Asheville Perfect Day IPA beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Being the most popular craft beer style in America, IPAs seem ubiquitous these days. With a big malt personality backed by complex fruity esters and an appealing lineup of hops, this version definitely ranks as a standout. The beer pours deep gold and clear with a substantial head of fluffy... Read More

UFO Hefeweizen

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

With a deep gold color, slight cloudiness and fl uffy white foam, this American ale seems just as attractive in appearance as its Bavarian Weissbier cousins. However, the nose is wholly different from the spicy, clove-like character of a German wheat beer. This American version offers tinges of... Read More

Citra Ass Down

against the grain citra
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This hoppy ale confirmed its Double IPA moniker after one sip, as thick, complex layers of malt complexity wash across the palate with tones of toast, biscuit crust and light caramel nuances -- all backed by a touch of alcohol warmth. Aromas of citrusy tropical fruits follow through in the... Read More

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