Phil Farrell

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Beer Judge

Circling the globe many times and educating his beer palate for nearly four decades, Phil is a vice president of the Beer Judge Certification Program and a Grand Master III level beer judge. He has been homebrewing for 20 years, winning medals and striking gold at the American Homebrewers Association national competition. He believes the perfect pint is out there waiting for him somewhere on planet Earth. 

 

Phil Farrell BJCP Certification

My reviews

Double Pacific Ale

Double Pacific Ale Devils Backbone Thunder Road Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is a light yellow color that forms a medium-sized white head with good retention. There is some haze that detracts from the appearance slightly. As the head drops, it laces the glass. The aroma leads with some earthiness layered with grapefruit, herb, and even a little tropical hop... Read More

Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The initial aroma is a clean mix of grapefruit and resiny hops with a little biscuit malt character peeking through. There is more hop flavor than the nose would suggest, including pine, spice and a little tropical fruit character. It ends with a dry, very firm bitterness that lingers a long... Read More

Devil's Ale

SanTan Devil's Pale Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

An inviting citrus/grapefruit and resiny Pacific Northwest hop aroma draws you into this clear orange-amber brew and its low white head. There is an underlying light biscuit aroma with defi nite caramel once it warms. The flavor is also very clean with no discernable esters or fermentation... Read More

California Amber

California Amber Ballast Point Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A dark red-amber pour is topped by an off-white head that was low but had great retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma tilts toward complex caramel malt with a touch of resin and grapefruit. The flavor has even more malt character with a well-boiled caramelized sugar... Read More

Seven Summits

Seven Summits Devils Backbone Wicked Weed Brewing Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours the darkest brown imaginable (almost pitch black) and is opaque. A low, brown head is very thick and creamy with great retention. The bubbles don’t lace the glass, however there are legs that form from the liquid when you tilt the glass. A very complex and rich aroma assails my... Read More

Annabel Lee White

Annabel Lee White RavenBeer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A hazy, light, straw-colored beer sits before me with just a trace of white bubbles ringing the glass. The aroma is slightly spicy with hints of citrusy orange. As it warms, there is a distinct bready wheat aroma with the spice becoming more distinctly coriander with slight notes of clove and... Read More

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