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

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is a balanced, nuanced yet still HUGE beer. Pale amber in color with big bubbles, this beer's head dies fast, but it has nice lacing and big legs. The nose wafts beautiful grapefruit and evergreen aromas out of the glass, reminiscent of northern California's Sequoias, with undertones of... Read More

Dragonstooth Stout

DragonsTooth
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A very clean, warming, rich and creamy stout. It starts with a warm boozy nose. Toffee and Kahlua meet you up front as you take in the dark, rich, quickly dissipating tan head. Flavors of coffee and toffee dominate this beer, with a heavy molasses undertone. A subtle sweetness comes through,... Read More

Imperial Pils

Lagunitas Imperial Pils Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is an incredibly big version of a pilsner. The nose has hints of grapefruit and sharp matchstick, which is totally appropriate for the style. You get a mouthful of hops before it even hits your lips. This beer is thick and cloying, but it hits all the right notes: Light corn up front, then... Read More

Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer has a powerful corn nose and flavor and a nice straw-like maltiness balanced by a deep hop bitterness. The corn is not something you would expect from the style, but if you imagine it as a pre-prohibition American Lager, it fits the bill: A heavy, heady nose, laden with corn notes but... Read More

CitruSinensis Pale Ale

CitruSinensis Pale
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The nose is rich with corn and spicy floral notes, which remind me of English hop varietals. It has a very light fruitiness but I can't really tell there's tangerine in the nose if I wasn't looking for it. It's pale gold and brilliantly clear. A nice creamy white head thins out over time. In the... Read More

Field 41 Pale Ale

Field 41 Pale Ale Bale Breaker Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a brilliantly clear dark blonde. It's very effervescent, and the bubbles go on and on and on. I get light bread in the nose up front, which is quickly overwhelmed by a grapefruit rind hop with notes of sawgrass and sage behind it. It's a really interesting aroma. The beer starts... Read More

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