Richard Wong

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Beer Judge

Richard currently holds the distinction of National Judge and has been a BJCP member since 1996. As well, he has been a homebrewer for more than 15 years.  He enjoys visiting new brewpubs and breweries and is always on the lookout for new beers. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

My reviews

Twain

Twain, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Twain by Upland Brewing Co. was judged as a 28C (Wild Specialty Beer) under the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  This beer was very difficult to categorize for the following reasons ;  It is a sour, it has apple cider and it was aged in bourbon barrels.  The aroma of this beer had a funky sour aroma ( a... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Shaka Berry Pastry Stout by Coronado Brewing Co. is being judged as #29B (Fruit and Spice Beer) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. This beer features a wide range of ingredients: blackberry, blackberry, vanilla, cocoa and lactose.

The pour revealed a wonderful pitch-black hue with a... Read More

Real Vanilla Cream Ale

Real Vanilla Cream Ale, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Real Vanilla Cream Ale by Garage Brewing Co. would ordinarily go under category #1C as a Cream Ale, However, with the introduction of 'real vanilla' flavor this falls under the category of #30A ( Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer). A Cream Ale should have characteristics more closely related to an... Read More

Island Mango Twist

Island Mango Twist, Garage Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Island Mango Twist by Garage Brewing Co. would ordinarily fall under category #10A (Weissbier) under the BJCP 2015 Guidelines, but with the addition of fruit flavors this would be better placed under #29A (Fruit Beer). As advertised, this beer has "pineapple, mango and coconut flavors." The... Read More

Brake Light IPA

Brake Light IPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Brake Light IPA by Garage Brewing Co. is classified as a Blonde Ale (Style 18A) per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer is listed as a Light IPA according to the packaging, but it is more of a Blonde Ale and will be judged as such. This beer clocks in at 4.5 percent ABV and was... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tropical Darkroom Sour IPA by Coronado Brewing Co. doesn't fall under the IPA nor Sour category as it is a " Sour IPA " - a combination of the two. The most suitable category for this beer is #34B Mixed-Style Beer under the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The beer poured a nice viscous color reminiscent... Read More

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