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

Barrel-aged Jude

Barrel-aged Jude by Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Barrel-aged Jude is a Belgian-style Tripel and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines.

American oak wafts out of the glass and dominates the aroma.  Vanilla, charred oak, and mellow bourbon comprise the barrel... Read More

Leaning Chimney

Leaning chimney beer grey sail brewing rhode island
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The profile of a fresh, well-designed American Porter jumps out of the glass -- rich, fudge-laden malt with a bright sprinkling of hops showcasing pine needles. Any smoke character is missing but would be a welcome addition. The hops become more present as the beer warms. Jet black with a long-... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

500 is a Belgian-style Quadruple aged in wood (2015 BJCP Guidelines 33A) with the base beer being evaluated using the 2017 Brewer’s Association Guidelines for Belgian-style Quadruple. 

The aroma is barrel forward with vanilla and lightly toasted oak.  Overall, the aroma seems a bit one-... Read More

No Fuzz

No Fuzz by Springdale Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

No Fuzz is an American Wild Ale being judged in the Wild Specialty Beer category (2015 BJCP Guidelines 28C) as a golden foeder beer aged on yellow nectarines in stainless steel & French oak. The aroma is initially a tad off-putting with sharp notes of acetone and funk with minimal fruit... Read More

Mad Bishop

Duclaw Mad Bishop Oktoberfest Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A strong bread crust aroma with toasty elements of Vienna malt dominates the aroma. There is a light sulfur character that is volatile and dissipates quickly after the initial pour. Richness of melanoidins are evident but not overwhelming. A very light herbal hop character adds complexity and ... Read More

Space Rock

Short's Brewing Space Rock Pale Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A bright, citrus-forward aroma invoking oranges and tangerines is softened by hints of apricot and white peach as it warms. A bready, somewhat husky aroma emerges from underneath the hops and supports them with a light sweetness. The beer pours a hazy deep yellow with a large, fluffy, white head... Read More

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