Sean Coughlin

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Beer Judge

An avid brewer & judge, Sean is a multi-award winning brewer, BJCP National Judge, & Advanced Cicerone® He dove into the hobby while living in a dry county in Kentucky and grew tired of driving to West Virginia & Ohio to buy beer.  He has had the opportunity to brew two Best of Show winning homebrews with professional breweries including a Pro-Am entry to the GABF with F.X. Matt/Saranac Brewing in Utica, NY.  As a national beer judge, Sean actively judges throughout the east coast of the United States & Eastern Canada while helping to grade BJCP and Advanced Cicerone® exams.  He is a regular judge at the Great American Beer Festival and is passionate about beer education .  While he loves all styles, he has a particular love for Belgian and German beer. 

My reviews

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Practice What You Peach by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) as a wood-fermented wild ale that features peaches and tangerines. 

The aroma has medium-low fruit presence with peach skin, canned peaches and a hint of tangerine zest,... Read More

Cloaks & Mirrors

Cloaks & Mirrors, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cloaks & Mirrors by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated in the category of Mixed-Style Beer (2015 BJCP Category 34B) as a sour milkshake IPA with peaches, cinnamon and vanilla.    

The aroma sets the scene for a sour beer –a clean lactic scent emerges from the glass with a light... Read More

Paupack Cream Ale

Paupack Cream Ale, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
70
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
22 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Paupack Cream Ale by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is being evaluated according to the BJCP 2015 guidelines for Cream Ale, Category 1C in the Standard American Beer family. 

There is a strong note of sulfur that is volatile and diminishes as the beer sits. A low malt presence exists in the... Read More

No Frills Pils

No Frills Pils, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

No Frills Pils by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.​ is being evaluated as a German Pils according to the BJCP 2015 guidelines (Category 5D).

The aroma is all malt with a somewhat oxidized character. The papery malt profile is also a bit heavy for the style – lacking the lightness and bread dough... Read More

Wake Surfer

Wake Surfer, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
74
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
15 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Wake Surfer by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a White IPA according to the BJCP 2015 guidelines for Specialty IPA: White IPA (Category 21B).

The aroma is considerably lacking even from the initial pour. There is a faint note of orange and maybe a bit of coriander but that... Read More

Past & Future

Past & Future, Odd Breed Wild Ales
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Past & Future by Odd Breed Wild Ales is a saison aged in French oak and is being evaluated as a Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (BJCP 2015 Guidelines Category 28B).

The aroma of this beer is so incredibly enticing that it is difficult to not taste immediately. High complexity with oak,... Read More

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