Pete Garofalo

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Beer Judge

A Grand Master IV beer judge, Pete has been appreciating good beers since the days when locating a tavern with two “alternative” taps was a major find. He has been a homebrewer since 1991 and an active member of the Beer Judge Certification Program since 1994. He formerly served on the BJCP Board of Directors as the Northeast/International representative and remains active as a judge. 

 

BJCP Certificate

My reviews

Slow Ride

Slow Ride New Belgium IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A blast of fruity, resiny hops greets the nose with a cornucopia of tropical fruits: papaya, guava, and pineapple. The citrusy character is also present in the hop-driven aroma. A secondary bouquet of bready malt and a hint of corn-like DMS round out the fragrance. The flavor follows suit, but... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Peaches initially leap out from this beer with a sugary, candylike quality. As the aroma opens up, some spicy/peppery yeast character and grainy/bready malt join in. The flavor continues the peach-first theme, buttressed by apricot and tangerine notes. The fruit is supported by bready malt with... Read More

Organic Pale Ale

Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma of this beer initially came across as a mélange of fruit: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and stone fruit with a touch of honey. The flavor features nutty, biscuity malt with hints of caramel and toffee that fade as a sharp wave of minerally bitterness washes through mid-taste.... Read More

Old Brown Dog

Old Brown Dog Smuttynose Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Malt dominates this beer with tones of chocolate, nutty toastiness and dark dry fruit. Hops are restrained and allow the malt to shine with its many layers including cocoa, bread crust and light caramel. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance the complex malt and alcohol dries out the finish.... Read More

Thiriez Extra

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This hoppy interpretation of a Saison starts off with a yeasty, bread-like aroma that gradually melds with a honey sweetness. Perfumy hops mingle with some peppery phenols and hints of lemon zest, resulting in a very appealing bouquet. The flavor is somewhat of a surprise, with an intense... Read More

Vunderbar Pilsner

Vunderbar Pilsner
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fresh noble hops and cracker-like, lightly bready Pils malts are initially in the forefront. The hops have a tangy, floral character that sits atop an unexpected peach/pear fruitiness with a touch of honey. The flavor kicks off with a gently grainy malt that has a slight Graham cracker sweetness... Read More

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