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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

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

For an Imperial IPA/Barleywine hybrid, the aroma was rather subdued and I really didn’t get that much of a hop aroma. This beer poured a golden-yellow color with very nice clarity and a rocky, foamy head of small, tight bubbles sitting above that lingered for a long time. The malt and hops were... Read More

Primordial

Primordial by Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is an Imperial IPA and the closest category that I can find to place this in is the Double IPA (#22A). This would have more hops (bittering) and more alcohol than a Double IPA and should not be imbibed lightly. This is a big beer in all senses of the word. The beer poured a light copper hue... 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

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

The Poet

The Poet

Michigan
United States
The Poet by New Holland Brewing Co.
Description 

Oats bring a creaminess and soft mouth-feel to rich, roasty malt character.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
37
Served at: 
45 - 55° F
Malts: 
Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: 
Glacier, Nugget

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This dark brown beer's aroma was accentuated by roasted malts up front with no discernible hop character. The carbonation was fine with small, tight bubbles. The flavor had a nice roastiness balanced with good bittering hops, but the beer seemed a little light in mouthfeel and body for an... Read More

Pomegranate Ginger Sour

Pomegranate Ginger Sour

Louisiana
United States
Pomegranate Ginger Sour, Low Road Brewing
Description 

Sour ale with pomegranate juice and fresh ginger root.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
3

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Pomegranate Ginger Sour by Low Road Brewing falls under the BJCP category of 28C (Wild Specialty Beer). The aroma of this beer revealed subtle ginger and slight pomegranate. It also had a funky aroma that is appropriate for this style. The pour revealed a hazy, cloudy light brown hue with ... Read More

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