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

Low Viz

Low Viz, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Low Viz IPA by Arches Brewing is being evaluated as a New England-style IPA (Category 21B: Specialty IPA - New England IPA) according to the 2015 BJCP guidelines.  

The aroma features a cornucopia of tropical and citrus hops with notes of orange, lime, tangerine, mango and cantaloupe.... Read More

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

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