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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

Rancho Lager

Rancho Lager, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Rancho Lager by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as #5C (German Helles Exportbier) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The aroma of this beer revealed a wonderful malt sweetness and subtle hints of honey with negligible hop aroma (okay for style). The pour revealed a straw-colored hue with very... Read More

S'mores Imperial Pastry Stout

S'mores Imperial Pastry Stout

S'mores Imperial Pastry Stout, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

This stout pours thick & dense, with a massive malt bill plus oats and lactose for body. Brewed upfront with graham crackers & marshmallows then conditioned on cacao nibs and toasted marshmallows for a complex flavor that works in perfect harmony with the robust malt profile.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.8%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

S'mores Imperial Pastry Stout by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is an Imperial Stout that falls under #20C of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  The pour revealed a pitch black beer that had a very nice tan head.  The carbonation was light and had a nice lacing to the side of the glass.  The aroma of this... Read More

NxS IPA

NxS IPA Stone Brewing Sierra Nevada Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer had a really nice, clear copper color and a large, foamy head. My first sniff of the beer exposed a nice malty sweetness and not much hop presence – something that I was expecting from a Double IPA. Upon the first sip, the beer again had a nice malt sweetness and a very nice caramel/... Read More

Gouden Carolus Tripel

Gouden Carolus Tripel

Gouden Carolus Tripel, Brouwerij Het Anker
Description 

This Belgian blond special ale is golden yellow in color with a clean, neat taste. With a full-bodied flavor and balanced hopping, this pleasant blond ale is preferred by all who love heavier, somewhat seasoned and refreshing ales.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Gouden Carolus Tripel by Brouwerij Het Anker was judged as #26C (Belgian Tripel) per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines. 

The pour of this beer revealed a light amber hue with nice white bubbles and slight chill haze. The aroma of this beer featured nice esters of spicy notes and coriander... Read More

Number 22 Porter

Big Bend Brewing 22 Porter
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A wonderful aroma of coffee permeated the first sniff along with subtle hop flavors. The color was a medium-dark brown that featured a tan head that dissipated very quickly. It had flavors of roasted and burnt malts accentuated with a light hop bitterness. The roasted malts worked well with the... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Full Sail Brewing Co. beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (BJCP 33B).

The beer featured a very light brown color with little or no carbonation. At first sniff the aroma was heavenly. I detected hints of vanilla, raisins/dried fruit, malt sweetness and oak notes and very... Read More

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