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

Saranac Legacy IPA

Saranac Legacy IPA Matt brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The key to a good American IPA is getting the hops right and making them taste great. This beer gets it right, from a pleasant piney, resiny aroma to a fresh hop flow in the flavor leading to a smooth bitter finish. The beer is as pale as a good IPA should be, dark gold and crystal clear with a... 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

Foret Organic Saison

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fresh, sweet orange peel with a touch of lemon zest and a bit of Belgian “funk” are typical in any well made Saison. The beer is a somewhat hazy pale, light orange with a firm white foam stand that sticks on the beer. The flavor is citrus, made even more complex with hints of grape and pear.... Read More

Carolina Blonde

Carolina Blonde Foothills Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cream Ale sounds a bit ordinary, but when done right it can take “lawnmower beer” to a higher level. The complexity to the aroma starts this beer off right, biscuit malt wrapped in an appetizing blend of pear and pineapple. The pour is an exceptionally clear straw yellow with a creamy head. The... Read More

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

German Weissbiers, known as hefeweizens in America, generally range from light and spritzy to dark and a bit fuller. This one is on the fuller side. The aroma is sweet and bready with a touch of banana. In the glass, it’s a dark gold/amber with a fl uffy white head that settles quickly with nice... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Imperial Stout is a prime example of a beer that not only looks dark, but also smells dark. The coffee notes are as intense as any double espresso and the roast aroma comes across like 50-year-old charred wood. These two complex characters are initially balanced by the caramel-like... Read More

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