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

Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso by Motorowrks Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable (BJCP category 30A) porter featuring coffee. The aroma is all malt featuring nuttiness and brownie batter chocolate notes. This beer presents a very inviting aroma overall, reminiscent of Ferrero Rocher candy. The aroma is unfortunately... Read More

Amirite?!

Amirite?! by Springdale Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

AmIRite?! is an American IPA being judged in the Specialty IPA category (2015 BJCP Category 21B) as a New England-style IPA. A bouquet of hops, featuring elements of hibiscus soaked in grapefruit juice, jumps out of the glass. There is a small element of the aroma that is reminiscent of crushed... Read More

Declaration

Declaration by Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Declaration is an Imperial Stout (2015 BJCP Category 20C) and is being evaluated as such according to the BJCP guidelines. 

Chocolate heavy aroma with cacao, baker’s chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate morsels.  There is a faint trace of floral hop notes, but this imperial stout is... Read More

Pour Judgement IPA

Grey Sail Brewing Pour Judgement IPA beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This IPA is definitely new-school in the way that there is zero malt to get in the way of the hop profile. However, it does start off with a nice, bready, Pils-like malt backbone, which provides support for a bright complex hop profile featuring grapefruit, pine needles and a hint of lemon. This... Read More

Lil' Heaven

Two Roads Beer Lil heaven Session IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An array of hop oils wafts from the glass with bright notes of cantaloupe, mango and orange pith. The aroma is all hops – no malt to speak of. The aroma’s hop assault continues throughout sampling of the beer with enough complexity to keep you returning for more. The appearance is light gold... Read More

Kalamazoo Stout

Kalamazoo Stout Bell's Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An aroma that initially smells of sweet cream and light anise gives way to an earthy, lightly roasted malt profile with hints of chocolate. There is a hint of musk and sweat as it warms and no hop aroma to speak of. The beer is opaque with a tightly packed dark khaki head that lingers. The... Read More

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