Sean Coughlin

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Beer Judge

An avid brewer & judge, Sean is a multi-award winning homebrewer, BJCP National Judge, & Advanced CiceroneTM 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 beers 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.  Sean has been selected by the Brewers Association to judge at the Great American Beer Festival in 2017.  While he loves all styles, he has a particular love for Belgian and German beer. 

My reviews

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

Oaked Chipotle Ale

Flying dog oaked chipotle ale
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer has a smoky nose up front -- prominent smoked ham/bacon notes jump out of the glass with enough caramel malt in the aroma to balance it effectively. No oak or hops are present in the aroma. The color is deep chestnut and is brilliantly clear. There is a small, wispy, light tan head... Read More

Oak & Red

Oak & Red, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Oak & Red by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. Acidity is dominant in the aroma with a strong lactic presence and undertones of acetic acid. Fruit and oak both emerge as the beer warms but are subtle overall. ... Read More

Better Selves

Better Selves, Able Seedhouse + Brewery
Judges Rating:
73
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Better Selves by Able Seedhouse and Brewery is an American IPA and is being evaluated as such by the current BJCP guidelines for that category (BJCP 2015 Category 21A). 

The aroma features some tropical hops with notes of dried mango and apricot supported by underlying floral honeysuckle... Read More

Oak & Rosé

Oak & Rosé, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Oak & Rosé by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. An extremely vinous aroma rises from the glass with ripened dark grapes and notes of red cherries. There is a prominent presence of oak that adds depth and even... Read More

Yacht Rock

Yacht Rock, Southbound Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Yacht Rock by Southbound Brewing Co. is a Brut IPA and is being evaluated under the Specialty IPA category (2015 BJCP Category 21B). Brut IPA is a relatively new style that began in San Francisco and is slowly emerging from breweries all over. It is meant to be a hop champagne of sorts. This... Read More

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