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

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

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Witte Trappist is being evaluated as a Witbier (2015 BJCP Category 24A) according to BJCP guidelines.

Bread dough fills the head space of the glass and dominates the aroma. The yeast profile is seemingly complex: peppercorn, clove, and a subdued tartness are evident in the aroma.  No... Read More

X-10

X-10
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A bready Pils-like malt dominates the aroma with light, peppery phenols and later unfolds with a hint of freshly cut cantaloupe. There is a light solvent note in the background that lingers but is overtaken by a stronger cantaloupe aroma as the beer warms. This is a very attractive beer -- a... Read More

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 6 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as such by the current BJCP guidelines for that category (BJCP 2015 Category 22A). 

For a Double IPA, the hop aroma is a bit muted overall but a unique blend of ripe mango and cantaloupe harmonize well... Read More

BraufactuM Progusta

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Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

BraufactuM Progusta by BraufactuM is an American IPA (brewed in Germany!) and is being evaluated as such by the current BJCP guidelines for that category (BJCP 2015 Category 21A). 

This American-style IPA is a callback to 1995 when IPAs weren’t completely over the top. There is a... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 1 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is being evaluated as a New England IPA from within the Specialty IPA subcategory (BJCP 2015 Guidelines 21B).

The aroma is all hops with a pleasant harmony of floral honeysuckle and citrus that's reminiscent of freshly squeezed orange juice. ... Read More

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