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

Trooper Light Brigade

Trooper Light Brigade, Robinsons Brewery
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Robinsons Trooper Light Brigade by Robinsons Brewery was judged as a British Golden Ale (Style 12A). This beer features robust golden color, extremely clear in the glass, with a small head that fell quickly but not excessively lacking for lace. 

Slight biscuit aroma, becoming more... Read More

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

E.Z. Orchards Semi-Dry Cidre by E.Z. Orchards was judged as a French Cider (2015 Cider Style C1C) and poured a robust golden color, brilliantly clear with a sturdy effervescence. 

Predominant aromas featured overripe apples, some caramel and a hint of pepper. Upon tasting, the mature... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

THK - Tripel Honey Kriek by De Proef Brouwerij​ is loosely categorized as a Fruit Lambic (23F). This dark copper brew drew a faint head, which fell quickly but with persistent lacing throughout the sampling session. 

From the snifter, notes of wildflower honey, toasted wood and an... Read More

Rucksack

Rucksack, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Rucksack by Monday Night Brewing was judged as a German Weissbier (Style 10A). A monstrous, pillowy white head rested atop the hazy golden brew, bubbling up with a very strong carbonation level. The beer offered up healthy aromas of spicy clove and banana, supported by a sweet, crackery malt... 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

Archipelago

Archipelago, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Archipelago by Monday Night Brewing is being judged as a American IPA (BJCP Style 21A). The first noticeable traits of this beer are its juicy aromas, filled to the brim with mango, tangerine, and melon. This IPA boasts a hazy dark yellow coloring, with a prevalent white head that lasted from... Read More

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