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

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

Soft Parade

Short's Brewing Soft Parade Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A very sweet, jammy aroma is somewhat muddled but a strawberry note that seems to rise above everything else. There is no hop aroma to speak of and an underlying pie-crust malt aroma insinuates a summer dessert beer. The color is unique as far as most beers are concerned: murky pink dulled by... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Holy City Brewing’s Bowen’s Island Oyster Stout is being evaluated as an Irish Stout (Category 15B) according to the BJCP guidelines. While Guinness Draught is widely considered the quintessential example of the style, Irish Stout has a fair amount of leeway for interpretation. 

The aroma... Read More

Scout The Storyteller

Scout by Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Scout the Storyteller is a Foreign Extra Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16D) and is being evaluated as such according to the BJCP guidelines. 

The initial aroma of this beer is all spice – cinnamon is prominent.  As it warms, a hint of fresh grated ginger emerges.  Each visit to the glass... Read More

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