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

Incorrigible

Incorrigible Sour Beer New Holland
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer poured a beautifully clear straw color that featured very good carbonation and a hint of citrus in the aroma. There was no noticeable malt nor hop aromas, which is to be expected for the style. The flavor itself wasn't much like a beer, but rather more cider-like. It was very fruity, as... Read More

Racer X

Racer X Bear Republic Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Surprisingly for a Double IPA the hop aroma was fairly restrained. For this style of beer, I was expecting a very prominent and intense hop aroma, but instead, it was somewhat subdued. The beer had a lovely copper color with very good carbonation and a nice head of light, fluffy, creamy bubbles... Read More

Hop Highway IPA

Hop Highway Belching Beaver Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A classic style that almost every brewery makes. The aroma was very hoppy, with floral and citrusy notes indicating the presence of Cascade hops. The beer had a nice light straw color that was a bit hazy. Head retention and carbonation was low. An almost equal balance of malt and hops provided... Read More

8 Hop IPA

rogue beer 8 hop ipa
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Seldom does one come across a beer made exclusively with 8 hops! Most microbrewed beers made today utilize 1-3 hops, or 4 at the most. I’ve never come across a beer with this many hop varietals and I was curious to see how this beer tasted from the get-go. Okay, given that this had 8 hop... Read More

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter IPA New Holland Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Very nice citrus and pine aromas spring from the glass along with with subtle hints of wood. The beer suffered a bit of chill haze, but was nevertheless a gorgeous light copper color with good carbonation and small, tight bubbles that left attractive lacing on the glass. The flavor features... Read More

Dragon's Milk

Dragon's Milk Beer New Holland
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The first thing you get from the aroma is a wonderful bourbon barrel scent of vanilla and wood finished with nice malt sweetness. I didn't get any hop or roasted malt aromas in the nose, possibly because they were overwhelmed by the bourbon barrel a bit. The beer was pitch black with nice... Read More

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