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Rodney A. Tillinghast

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Beer Judge

Rodney Tillinghast has been pursuing the perfect pint after his first sip of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in a Buffalo tavern in 1988.  Since then, he expanded his beer horizons at every opportunity, including homebrewing for the past 25 years, being a BJCP beer judge for 21 years, working commercially as a brewer at Brown’s Brewing Company for a spell, and tasting beer throughout his travels all across the US and abroad.  He attained the BJCP rank of National Judge early in 2015.  

Rodney presently lives in North Carolina with his “beer widow” wife and two fine sons.

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My reviews

Rocky Road

Rocky Road Stout Smuttynose beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

“Dark as a stormy night with a sweet kiss of chocolate bourbon;" that’s the phrase that kept going through my mind as I sipped on this luscious stout. This brew poured mighty dark, and I coaxed a nice, tightly formed head into my snifter, which was followed up in the aroma by strong, dark ... Read More

Whabbit Wheat

Red Hare Beer Whabbit Wheat
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer marries two summer beer ingredient standards---peach and apricot.  Today’s sample poured a hazy dark gold, as an unfiltered wheat ale should.  Its snow white head was dense, but fell quickly to get down to the tasting business.  Aromas noted included mild dried apricot, some green... Read More

Ante Meridiem

Ante Meridiem, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Ante Meridiem by Monday Night Brewing was judged as an Imperial Brown Ale (Style 33B—Specialty Wood Aged Beer). Weighing in at a hefty 13.5% ABV, as I sampled the thick dark brew, it was hard to find any perceived hotness from the alcohol. Although I was able to coax a head out of the beer, it... Read More

Snow Bird

Snow Bird

Louisiana
United States
Snow Bird, Low Road Brewing
Description 

Maple Praline Brown Ale

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.4%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

When the nights are long and temperatures get nippy, it's always a pleasure to look forward to a Winter Seasonal Ale (Style 30C) to sip at. Snow Bird by Low Road Brewing poured a dark amber with mysterious tawny highlights. While the... Read More

Chanukah in Kentucky

Chanukah in Kentucky Shmaltz Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

As I cracked this brew open, I was startled at the amount of fizz released from the cap since bourbon-aged beers usually exhibit somewhat sluggish carbonation levels. This fizz spewed forth a dark, tawny brown head into my glass, one that lingered quietly for several minutes until I provided... Read More

Rapturous

Rapturous by Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is an easy-drinking sour ale that offers a fairly substantial raspberry punch couple with restrained levels of acidity.  It shows itself unfiltered, with a medium pink color coupled with very low head retention.  Aroma notes feature fresh berries up front, but also supported by a soft,... Read More

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