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

pFriem Helles Lager

Helles Lager, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Helles Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was reviewed as a ' Munich Helles ' (#4A) of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  The lager poured revealed a very light straw color, in fact, it was almost clear with just a splash of yellow.  Very nice and transluscent along with very tiny, effervescent bubbles (... Read More

MadeWest IPA

MadeWest IPA, MadeWest Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

MadeWest IPA by MadeWest Brewing Co. was judged as an American India Pale Ale (21A) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. I can't help but notice that the color of this beer is the same or very similar to this brewery's American Pale Ale example. It was a straw color hue and with moderate... Read More

Reuben's Brews Pilsner

Reuben's Brews Pilsner, Reuben's Brews
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reuben's Brews Pilsner by Reuben's Brews was reviewed under BJCP (#5D) category, German Pilsner. This is actually a Czech style pilsner, and this is the most suitable category for this beer. The alcohol content of this beer is 5.4 % ABV. The pour of this beer in the glass revealed a wonderful... Read More

MadeWest Standard

MadeWest Standard, MadeWest Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

MadeWest Standard by MadeWest Brewing Co. was judged as a Pilsner beer category (5D) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The beer poured revealed a light straw hue with a bit of chill haze. It had nice moderate carbonation where the bubbles gravitated from the bottom of the glass to the top. ... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Imperial IPA featured a really subtle hop aroma. I am looking for something a little more hop-forward and aggressive in a Double IPA and this beer just didn’t have it. It did have a nice, light straw color with very good carbonation and head retention, but the beer's looks were let down by... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Leisure Lagoon Hazy Pale Ale by Coronado Brewing Co. was judged as a Pale Ale (#18B according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines). Hazy is a terminology to describe a beer that has not been filtered. The appearance is often described as, "hazy" due to yeast and proteins in suspension in the beer. In... Read More

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