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

Extended Play

Lakefront Beer Extended Play Session IPA
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is an extremely quaffable beer for those looking for two or three hop-forward pints. The classic hazy, dryhopped look in the glass is the first of many IPA hallmarks. The very intense blend of grapefruit, citrus, resin and pine in the nose has a touch of light biscuit malt. The flavor is... Read More

Libertine Black Ale

Libertine Black Ale Brewdog Black IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

American Black Ale is an ever- changing category that was based on American IPA with added roast character rather than an American stout with IPA levels of bitterness. This beer’s aroma was dominated by complex roast malt of baker’s chocolate and coffee. Under the roast were notes of pine, earth... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a light gold with a slight haze, giving it an unfiltered look. A white and very low head did not persist after rousing. The aroma is a pleasant blend of light lemon and pepper with a background note of grain, but nothing that would be considered bready or yeasty. The flavor has... Read More

Hop Drop 'N Roll

Hop Drop 'N Roll
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is a very pretty IPA. As you drink it, a foam residue of your progress is recorded on the side of the glass. An entire hop farm of pine, resin, wood and grapefruit hop aromas slowly arrive as the beer warms. There is some eventual grassiness, however the “hay” is more of a bonus than an... Read More

The Cask

The Cask RavenBeer Poe
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

I am presented with a very dark amber yet crystal clear beer with a low off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very rich and complex. It leads with a toasty malt backbone with layers of dark, dried fruit, clean ethanol perfume and toasted bread crusts underneath. It even has a... Read More

Gonzo Imperial Porter

Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer looks perfect in a glass and the grapefruit, pine and resin are evident from arm’s length. Beneath the layer of intense hop aroma is an enticing dark chocolate and nutty roast. The flavor doesn’t disappoint with the same hop flavors complementing a much more complex array of cooked... Read More

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