S J Klein

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Beer Judge

Picking up homebrewing on a bicycle trip across Australia in the 80's, S J. became the official brewer of his dorm in college. Turning an obsession into a profession, he attended the Siebel Institute long program, and started and ran the Borealis Brewery for 7 years, after which he became serious about judging. S J doesn't have a favorite style of beer, so much as he appreciates a beer that is well made. He's looking for balance, character, and "something to knock my socks off". He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, which from time to time has more breweries per capita than any other city in the world.

My reviews

Doubble Hopulus

The Pike Doubble Hopulus Beer Double IPA
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Its a hazy copper in the glass, with a vanishing white head. The nose is rich with honey, pine. A fair bit of alcohol is evident in the nose as winey notes. The beer has a sharp hop bite and is quite alcoholic. Its rich and malty, to the point of being slightly syrupy. There is little hop... Read More

Pine Mountain Pilsner

Deschutes Beer Pine Mountain Pilsner
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The nose has a sharp matchstick and corn quality. There's a light spice to the hop aroma, as well as light malt sweetness. It's dark gold with a rocky white head and big bubbles that leave nice lacing in the glass. There is a clean, sharp bite to this beer, accentuated by a sharp, sulfidic... Read More

Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours into the glass with very little head despite copious bubbles. It has a slight cloudiness and is closer to amber than straw in color. In the nose, I picked up clove and banana, a slight green apple, a touch of goatiness, and maybe even a little old yeast scent. It also has a... Read More

Universale Pale Ale

Fremont Beer Universale Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Pale Ale has a very interesting hop nose of sagebrush and wintergreen with subtle notes of straw and husk underneath. It pours a hazy, deep, golden hue and a rich white head with lots of bubbles, which leave nice lacing behind on the glass. In the mouth, it has cornhusk and pale malts up... Read More

Dark Star

Dark Star Oatmeal Stout Fremont Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer has a nose rich with cocoa and goat cheese with just a hint of molasses, and mild floral hop notes also peek through. It's opaque with a dark brown head that quickly vanishes despite high carbonation. In the mouth it's rich, dark and sweet – somewhere between good Turkish coffee with a... Read More

Topcutter IPA

Topcutter IPA Bale Breaker beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A nice interpretation of a well-hopped style. The beer pours brilliantly clear out of the can, and it's bright and bubbly. The nose is caramel and pine, with notes almost reminiscent of spruce sap. I can't quite tell, but I sense a fair bit of alcohol in the nose too. It starts with a nice... Read More

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