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Tom Cannon

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Beer Judge

Tom has been drinking beer for 40 years, hunting for good beer for 26 years and homebrewing for 22 years. He is currently an Exam Director for the Beer Judge Certification Program and has achieved the Grand Master II level as a beer judge. He has visited breweries from Portland, Oregon to Pilzen in the Czech Republic and is always on the lookout for new beer experiences. 

 

My reviews

Hoopla

Boulder Beer Hoopla Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A somewhat bready malt aroma intertwined with fresh-smelling hops that can best be described as having the aroma of a wide field of clover-grassy and floral. After a beautiful copper/orange pour, the malt is dry and bready, almost cookie-like, contributing more body than flavor. The hops are... Read More

Nut Brown Ale

Nut Brown Ale
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer accentuates the malt by presenting a complex blend of brown sugar, biscuit, chocolate, caramel and toasted cracker with a bit of latte thrown in.

The beer shows itself as mahogany brown with a bright orange/red hue and a just off-white head that provides nice lacing on the glass... Read More

Invasion

Invasion
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

One would expect pale ale to be more balanced, but these days those distinctions have become muddled. This is a hoppy beer with a fresh, West Coast aroma of hops, at once both resinous and citric. The beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden with a pretty white head. The flavor is dominated by... Read More

120 Minute IPA

120 Minute IPA

Delaware
United States
120 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Beer
Description 

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles -- some to enjoy and some to age.

 

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
18%
IBUs: 
120

 

 


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Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Double IPA, Triple IPA, Barleywine -- what’s the difference when you’re looking at a beer of this strength and with this much hops! The problem arises when the alcohol works (or doesn’t work) with the hops, and this monster beer certainly has the alcohol and the hops, and that’s where the... Read More

Westmalle Dubbel

Westmalle Dubbel
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Dubbels are usually a bit lighter and more complex than other Belgian dark strong ales. This Dubbel has more than enough complexity. It starts with an aroma of Belgian spicy yeast, white pepper, with maybe a touch of rum, and burnt sugar. In the glass, it’s garnet brown with a big creamy head.... Read More

Treasure Chest

Green Flash - Treasure Chest
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

What this beer is, more than anything else, is a good IPA. The normally citrusy hops in the beer become accentuated with the addition of grapefruit. The aroma is redolent of citrus and tropical fruits, and the hibiscus masks itself as a floral hop presence. The beer itself is a not-quite-clear... Read More

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