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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

Gratzer

Gratzer

Colorado
United States
Gratzer, Seedstock Brewery
Description 

Gratzer is a traditional smoked, Polish beer that was brewed for special occasions. The Seedstock Gratzer is champagne-yellow in color, with a fluffy white head. We brewed this beer using 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, so it definitely has a smokey aroma. The sweetness of the smoke combined with the spiciness of saaz hops creates an incredibly crisp beer – dare we say, the true champagne of beers!

 

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
3.2

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Gratzer by Seedstock Brewery falls under the #27 of the Historical Beer category of the 2015 BJCP as a Piwo Grodziskie. This is typically a Polish beer utilizing smoked wheat malt that makes it unique. This beer is different from a German Rauchbier in these certain areas. The smoked aroma/flavor... Read More

Tropical & Juicy

The Hop Concept Beer Tropical & Juicy
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma of hops in this beer wasn’t very profound or strong, but rather muted when compared to other Double IPAs. I still detected hints of pine and resin aromas in the nose. The beer had a light copper color that was somewhat hazy and featured nice carbonation and very good head retention.... Read More

Timmermans Lambicus Blanche

Timmermans Lambicus Blanche

Belgium
Timmermans Lambicus Blanche, Brouwerij Timmermans
Description 

The White Lambicus is unique. It is a blend of Lambic and malted wheat beer, to which spices such as coriander and dried orange peels are added. Its scent is reminiscent of freshly cut wheat, enhanced by spicy notes. Its slight acidity balances perfectly with its fruity notes. It’s a refreshing beer.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Timmermans Lambicus Blanche by Brouwerij Timmermans was judged under the category of Lambic (#23D) per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines. 

The pour of this beer revealed a light golden hue that was very opaque and translucent in appearance. The beer had a slight chill haze with a nice rocky... Read More

Terlingua Gold

Big Bend Beer Terlingua Gold
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

The aroma of this beer had slight fruity aromas, neglible malt and a low hop profile in the nose. The appearance was a nice wonderful copper hue featuring a somewhat low carbonation and head retention. The initial taste of this beer featured subtle hop bitterness followed by a mild malt... Read More

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout, New Realm Brewing Co.
Description 

Oaxaca Choca is our imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers and locally roasted cacao nibs. This ridiculously tasty brew sips like a cup of Mexican hot chocolate with just enough spice to balance the sweet.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Malts: 
Two-Row, Chocolate, Crystal, Roast Barley
Hops: 
Warrior

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout by New Realm Brewing was judged as #30A ( Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer) according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines.

The pour revealed a dark brown hue that was almost black, and it had a nice tan head with a good carbonation level. The aroma... Read More

Blood Orange Wheat Ale

Blood Orange Wheat by Full Sail Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Full Sail Brewing Company beer was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP 29A).

The pour resulted in a nice light golden hue with slight chill haze. The carbonation was light and moderate that resulted in good lacing on the side of the glass.  The aroma had a very distinctive and nice citrus ... Read More

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