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

Peril Aged

Peril Aged by Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood Aged Beer (BJCP category 33B) as a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter. Rich American oak laced with bourbon is intense within the aroma – almost as if you stuck your nose inside a freshly dumped bourbon barrel. The barrel character is so intense... Read More

Astronaut Sauce IPA

Astronaut Sauce IPA, River Rat Brewery
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Astronaut Sauce by River Rat Brewery is being evaluated as a Juicy/Hazy IPA utilizing the 2018 Brewers Association guidelines. This style is better known to the masses as New England-style IPA and puts a large emphasis on tropical/fruit-forward hop aroma, allowing the... Read More

Trifecta IPA

Thomas Creek Brewery Trifecta IPA beer
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer falls into vein of the old-school east coast American IPA. A medium-high resinous hop showcase with a hefty dose of lightly toasted and caramel malt underneath. The aroma is somewhat subtle overall - more late/dry hopping would be a welcome addition to boost the aroma. The beer is a... Read More

Poive Raz

Poive Raz by Springdale Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Poive Raz is an American Wild Ale being judged in the Wild Specialty Beer category (2015 BJCP Guidelines 28C) as a golden sour lager aged on raspberries and pink peppercorns. The aroma features puréed raspberries in abundance with an underlying lactic presence. The strong fruit and bacteria... Read More

Campside Session IPA

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Upland Brewing’s Campside Session IPA is being evaluated as a session strength American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) from the BJCP guidelines. The aroma of this beer is inviting with notes of cantaloupe, apricot, and a touch of pine. There is no malt character to speak of, indicating the session... Read More

Datil

Datil by Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category from the BJCP guidelines (Category 30A) featuring datil peppers and chocolate in an Imperial Porter. The aroma is somewhat subdued overall but notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and dark roast coffee are evident. There is no sign of... Read More

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