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

Cursed Kettles

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Cursed Kettles by Upland Brewing Company (and Prairie Artisan Ales as a collaborating brewery) is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale which is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) from the BJCP guidelines. Dark cherry notes are complimented by toasted malt, lactic twang,... Read More

The Greater Pumpkin

The Greater Pumpkin Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma is complex with elements of cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and ginger atop a bed of biscuity malt with a hint of bourbon in the background. No single attribute sticks out -- this is a textbook example of great balance within a very complex beer. The color is medium-amber with substantial haze... Read More

Mexican Empire

Mexican Empire by Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Mexican Empire by Arches Brewing is a Vienna Lager (2015 BJCP Category 7A) and is being evaluated as such according to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines. 

The initial aroma of this beer is all malt – toasted bread and bread crust are prominent. The malt aroma is straightforward and does a... Read More

Nimble Giant

Troegs Beer Nimble Giant Double IPA
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma struggles to make its way out of the glass but what does emerge is very inviting. Pine, ripe pineapple and juicy mango meld together to create an intoxicating harmony of aromatics. Perhaps more carbonation would help lift the aroma a bit more. A bit of grapefruit rind emerges as the... Read More

Samuel Adams Rebel Raw

Samuel Adams Boston Beer Rebel Raw Double IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A pleasant, hop-heavy aroma emerges from the glass with bright tones of honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Although the aroma lacks hop complexity, it does a great job of whetting the appetite with a decidedly fresh hop oil-laden aroma. There is an underlying presence of sweet bready malt that does... Read More

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