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

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

Neon Gypsy

Neon Gypsy IPA Duclaw Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

As expected, the nose is hop-forward -- fresh pine dominates the aroma with a background note of honeydew melon and a kiss of biscuity malt. The light melon and biscuit character create a layer of sweetness to the aroma. A substantial off-white head sits atop a slightly hazy beer of an... Read More

St. Feuillien Tripel

St. Feuillien Tripel, St. Feuillien Brewery
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

St. Feuillien’s Tripel is being evaluated as a Trappist Tripel (2015 BJCP Category 26C) according to BJCP guidelines.

The aroma is fruit forward with notes of banana, pear and red apple. In the background is a subtle presence of alcohol. There is no malt profile or phenols evident. The... Read More

Marion the Agrarian

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Marion the Agrarian by Upland Brewing Company is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale which is being evaluated as a Saison (2015 BJCP Category 25B) from the BJCP guidelines. This saison features a fruit heavy nose – banana esters give way to notes of orange peel which seem hop derived. There is an absence... Read More

iO Saison

Jolly Pumpkin iO Saison
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Oak and leathery Brettanomyces aromas are dominant up front with notes of light peppercorn, bready malt, and alcohol supporting. Hidden underneath is a floral bouquet that is somewhat reminiscent of potpourri. It pours with a dense rocky light beige head that sits on a rather murky copper beer.... Read More

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever New Holland Beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A big chocolate malt nose jumps out of the glass and is supported by a rich biscuit backbone. The aroma is all malt with no hops or esters to speak of. The clean yeast profile allows the malt to shine, and a subtle presence of dark fruit emerges as the beer warms. The beer is a light espresso... Read More

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