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

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

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:
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

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

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

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