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

Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This is a very clear light amber beer with a low white head. The aroma is that of a fairly clean lager beer that has nuances of toasted caramel and pilsner malts as well as flowery European hops. When it warms, there is a distracting apple aroma that creeps out of the glass. The flavor is simple... Read More

Helios Farmhouse Ale

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer has an unmistakable aroma of Brettanomyces barnyard funkiness in all its glory. Once the beer warms there are typical saison light citrus aromas with a touch of pepper spice. The flavor is every bit as complex as the aroma. I initially taste barnyard, lemon citrus, earth, and pepper.... Read More

Shark Attack

Port Shark Attack Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

There is an intense hop aroma that includes citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, spice, and even a little marmalade. It is not an all hop show though. The malt aroma includes toast and a lot of caramel. The flavor is a parade of hops and malt. Due to the intense hop flavor I was expecting a huge... Read More

Shake Chocolate Porter

Shake Chocolate Porter
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A deep coppery brown, this beer serves up lots of chocolate aromas. The aromatics combine chocolate roast, a little coffee and notes of milk chocolate. The flavors are every bit as complex on the chocolate side. There is a touch of earthy hop and caramel macchiato coffee but this is mainly a... Read More

Session Fest

Session Fest
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Brilliantly clear orange-amber with consistent off-white foam, this beer’s aroma is extremely clean and features toasty malt. As the beer warms, the hint of floral hops is superseded by pine and a touch of citrus. The flavor is the same pleasant contradiction of clean European toasty malt and... Read More

Whiter Shade of Pale

Starr Hill Whiter Shade of Pale
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A slight haze gives this beer a classic dry-hopped look. The low white head had good retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma is surprisingly spicy with a pleasant hop character. The flavor solves the riddles of the spice, which is similar to light coriander and orange citrus... Read More

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