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

Fuller's London Porter

Fuller's London Porter
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The aroma from this extremely dark beer is subtle and complex with a little toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee with a slight earthiness. The flavor features chocolate and coffee mixed with a bit of nuttiness and a hint of smoke. It is remarkably easy on the palate with a medium-light body and... Read More

Tropicália

Creature Comforts Tropicalia Creature Comforts Brewing Tropicalia IPA beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

When I take my first sniff I am treated to an orgy of mango, guava, grapefruit, orange and even a bit of peach and pine with a little resin on the side. After it warmed I detected a little biscuit and green tea. The flavor is hop fruity, but there is a pine resin, spice character that balances... Read More

Cali-Belgique

Cali Belgique Stone Brewing Beer IPA
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The interplay of the Belgian and American markers, where each element takes turns being more prominent in the drinking progression, is excellent in this golden beer. The aroma brings a wonderful blend of pine resin, earthiness, pepper, grapefruit and lemon zest. There are a lot of hop and yeast... Read More

Affligem Blonde

Affligem Blonde Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Deep gold with fairly good clarity and a modest white head, this beer exhibits Belgian aromatics with pear and apple the dominant fruit. Pepper and coriander are the prevailing spices over a bready malt backbone. Once it warms there is a little lemon zest that promises even more surprises. The... Read More

Wookey Jack

Wookey Jack Firestone Walker Beer
Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

As I lean in to check out the garnet highlights and thick tan head, I get hit with the Pacific Northwest in all its hop glory. Loads of grapefruit and pine with a nuance of citrus zest and spice dominate the aroma. After it warms, there’s a whiff of chocolate roast. The flavor is as good as the... Read More

Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Two Hearted Beer IPA
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

A fairly clear orange-amber beer with a low white head offers a very complex aroma that speaks of American hop varieties – floral, citrus, pine and a little orange. Gradually, some caramel notes appear. There is not any discerning yeast character in the flavor and more malt character than I... Read More

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