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

Fever Dream

Fever Dream Flying Dog Mango habanero IPA beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The initial aroma comes across like an East Coast IPA -- tropical fruit and stone fruit dominates with subtle pine needle notes discerned in the background. There is a mango component of the aroma that seems to be hop-derived rather than from fruit. Despite this being a habanero IPA, there is a ... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Charred oak barrel and bourbon waft out of the glass with a hint of vanilla as it warms. Raspberries are unfortunately buried underneath; their jammy presence would add a welcome layer of complexity to the aroma. The beer is opaque with a small, thin, creamy, khaki-colored head that falls... Read More

Impressionist

Impressionist, Southbound Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Impressionist by Southbound Brewing Co. is a dry-hopped American Sour Ale and is being evaluated as an American Wild Ale in the Wild Specialty Category (2015 BJCP Category 28C).

The aroma is a marriage of clean lactic sourness and citrus laden hops that display notes of both lemon and... Read More

Hi-10

Terrapin Hi-10 Mango habanero Double IPA beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma is complex with waves of grapefruit, citrus peel and stone fruit with a background of bready malt. There is a light spiciness from the habanero that doesn't overwhelm and adds complexity, but at the cost of diminishing the hop aroma. The color is a very deep gold with orange hues and... Read More

Mischievous

Mischievous New Holland Brett Beer
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
15 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

While many 100 percent Brettanomyces-fermentation beers produce interesting yeast-driven complexity, the aroma of this beer is very one-dimensional: more "stank" than "funk." There is a pronounced white grape aroma with a bit of acetone (nail polish remover) in the background. The clarity in... Read More

Life Exotic

Life Exotic, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Life Exotic by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) with the base style as a Saison (Category 25B) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The aroma is citrus forward with notes of orange pith and bright Meyer lemon. The yeast offers a hint of spice with an... Read More

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