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

Sprezzatura

Sprezzatura, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Sprezzatura by Arches Brewing is being evaluated as an International Light Lager (BJCP 2015 Guidelines Category 2A).

The aroma is that of a well-crafted Pilsner – bread dough is front and center with a splash of herbal/floral hops that... 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

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