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

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

Always Ready

Always Ready by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Always Ready is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (BJCP 2015 Category 18B). The aroma showcases everything that hop lovers look for in a great pale ale: hop intensity, freshness, complexity and just a tiny hint of malt in the background that stays well out of the way. There are bright... 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

Bière De Mars

Bière De Mars
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A fruit-forward aroma with notes of sour white grapes is supported by some lightly browned pie crust. A leathery element of Brettanomyces in the background adds an element of complexity and intrigue. Oak rounds out the nose and becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The color is a murky deep... Read More

Paradise

Paradise by Holy City Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Holy City Brewing’s Paradise is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) with session strength according to the BJCP guidelines. Session India Pale Ales have become very popular in the market over the last few years with their high levels of hop flavor/aroma and lower alcohol. They can... Read More

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