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

Bohemian Riot

Bohemian Riot, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bohemian Riot by Arches Brewing has been evaluated as a Czech Premium Pale Lager (2015 BJCP Category 3B) known better to most beer drinkers as a Bohemian or Czech Pilsner.

The aroma is clean and malt forward with just a hint of bread... Read More

Lloyd's Light

Lloyd's Light, Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lloyd's Light by Arches Brewing has been evaluated as an American Light Lager (2015 BJCP Category 1A).

The aroma has a subtle graininess to it with a little bit of corn and a wafting of sulfur that dissipates soon after the initial... Read More

Silkscreen

Silkscreen, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Silkscreen by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (BJCP 2015 Category 21A).   

The nose is dominated by bright citrus-forward hops showcasing lemon zest, grapefruit juice, orange peel and a hint of honeysuckle. There is no malt profile in the aroma and a clean... 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

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