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

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

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

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