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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

Marion the Agrarian

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Marion the Agrarian by Upland Brewing Company is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale which is being evaluated as a Saison (2015 BJCP Category 25B) from the BJCP guidelines. This saison features a fruit heavy nose – banana esters give way to notes of orange peel which seem hop derived. There is an absence... Read More

Craigies Ballyhook Flyer

Craigies Ballyhook Flyer

Ireland {Republic}
Craigies Ballyhook Flyer, Craigies
Description 

The Ballyhook Flyer is amber in color with a nose of red apples, orange peel, cinnamon and caramel. It is a medium bodied cider with fine tannins that are concentrated on the finish. The carbonation is kept low so as to accentuate the fruit flavors and it possesses lovely crispness which helps carry the flavors as well as creating a refreshing mouthfeel.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.8%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Ballyhook Flyer by Craigies Cider is being evaluated as an English Cider (2015 BJCP Category Cider-1B) according to BJCP guidelines.

The aroma is complex, comprising of ripe red apples, with a low presence of spicy cinnamon and a hint of fresh from the tree crabapple indicating acidity. ... Read More

Double Archipelago

Double Archipelago, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Double Archipelago by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as a Double IPA (BJCP 2015 Category 22A).

The aroma doesn’t quite jump out of the glass but what is present is very inviting. Hops showcase an array of honeydew melon, passion fruit and dried apricot. The aroma is a bit mild... Read More

Zero Zero

Zero Zero

Georgia
United States
Zero Zero, Arches Brewing
Description 

Introducing Zero-Zero, a bigger, bolder version of our Low Viz IPA. Brewed with a blend of El Dorado, Amarillo, Citra, and Comet, this DIPA is brimming with tropical fruit, tangerine, and vibrant candy straw flavors. In the aviation world, Zero-Zero refers to atmospheric conditions characterized by zero visibility in both horizontal and vertical directions. This beer gets its ultra hazy appearance and soft mouthfeel from heavy additions of flaked wheat and locally-grown malted wheat from Riverbend Malt House.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
60
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Two Row Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oat, Vienna
Hops: 
El Dorado, Amarillo, Citra, Comet

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Zero Zero by Arches Brewing is being evaluated as a Double IPA (BJCP 2015 Guidelines Category 22A) - this would be a candidate for a Double New England-style/Hazy/Juicy/New School IPA if the category existed.

The beer is a darker color... Read More

Place to Imagine Vol. 2 - Cherry Pie

Place to Imagine Vol. 2 - Cherry Pie

Georgia
United States
Place to Imagine Vol. 2 - Cherry Pie, Social Fox Brewing
Description 

Volume 2 of our imperial sour series is inspired by the flavors of a cherry pie. Featuring cherries, cinnamon, and lactose. A tart bite hits you right off the bat and finishes out with sweet cherry and a subtle cinnamon/crust flavor.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
Served at: 
40º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Place To Imagine Vol. 2 - Cherry Pie by Social Fox Brewing was reviewed as a Wild Specialty Ale from Social Fox Brewing in their Imperial Sour Series being evaluated as such with the considerations of cherries, cinnamon and lactose as ingredients within a base style of "Imperial Sour Ale" (2021... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A strong whiskey nose is complemented by elements of roasted grain and dark chocolate. There is no perceptible chili presence in the aroma, but the barrel gives it enough complexity to keep you coming back for further evaluation. The beer is jet black and pours with a small, thin, beige head... Read More

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