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

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

Piety

Piety NOLA Brewing Beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Sour Ale with cherry puree certainly has both of those elements in the aroma -- with lots of tart cherry providing a large sour note, providing a pleasant sweet and sour nose. In the glass, it’s a hazy light amber with a pinkish hue. The flavor is much more one-dimensional: A dominant ... Read More

Grand-Am

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

American Pale Ales used to imply a balance to the malt and hop character in a beer, but these days, the hopheads have taken over. The hops in this pale, almost peach colored beer are done extremely well from the grapefruity, resiny nose to the passion fruit/citrus mix in the flavor, to the clean... Read More

Wee Mac

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma is sweet, with a touch of burnt marshmallow and hazelnut. The beer itself is a clear brown with reddish tints reminiscent of a hazy sunrise. The flavor remains sweet, but hardly cloying. There are touches of caramel along with maple syrup and a hazelnut spice, maybe some sweet dates... Read More

Silva Stout

Green Flash Beer Silva Stout
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The beer starts with a roasted marshmallow, smoky vanilla aroma with some caramel added – not quite what one would expect from an imperial stout. In the glass it’s black on black with a fluffy dark tan head and pretty lacing. The backbone of the beer is a nice Russian Imperial Stout, but the... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A good IPA should be as pure an expression of fresh hops as can be had, and this beer follows that rule. It’s a pale, very clear dark gold/light copper beer that starts with citrus lemon and orange with a touch of pineapple hop aroma as backup. These aromas carry over into the flavor along with... Read More

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