Reviews

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Reviewed by: James Link
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This evaluation was made from a 12 ounce bottle subsequently poured into a 16 ounce pilsner glass and under the auspices of the 2015 BJCP style guidelines as a 4A Munich Helles

Reviewed by: Pat Mulloy
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Stick your nose into a bowl of fresh tart cherries and imagine the pie they will become. Add some oak, a hint of funk and some cherry pie spice and that’s how this beer smells. A hazy pink effervescent circus fills the glass with a pink tinted... Read More

Reviewed by: Pat Mulloy
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

It smells like someone poured a shot of expensive balsamic on figs and dates with a shake of black pepper and some anise. Faint chocolate, a hint of barnyard and medium low malt aromas lurk in the background.

Reviewed by: Pat Mulloy
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This smells like a rich, moist, dark tart cherry cake with some figs and dates, spice, and a hint of wet horse blanket and oak. It is a lightly red tinted brown in the glass under a moderate light tan cap with fair retention.

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wiseman Brewing’s Mountain Calling IPA is being judged as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A). The commercial definition of this style has been widely interpreted but consistently is a showcase for New World/American hop varieties.

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Granite Falls’ TailyPo is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) using a Belgian dark strong as the base style. Expectation for this style is wonderful marriage of beer, barrel, and spirits character.

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Granite Falls’ Canis Rouge is being evaluated as a Sahti (2015 BJCP Category 27) with an addition of fruit.

Reviewed by: Rick Franckhauser
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Korova Milk Porter, and was evaluated as an Alternative Fermentables Beer: Alternative Grain Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)) Category 31A, offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

Reviewed by: Rick Franckhauser
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Oranges and an impression of sweet grapefruit are followed by a hint of pine resin and faint pineapple. Some spicy aspects also come through but I suspect they are from the hops rather than rye malt. The malt is nondescript but the source of the... Read More

Reviewed by: Rick Franckhauser
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Catahoula Common is being evaluated as an American Lager (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 1B, although it could alternatively be categorized under the Historical Beer category as a pre-Prohibition lager (2015 BJCP Category... Read More

Reviewed by: David Sapsis
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer was judged as a BJCP category 23F  Lambic with fruit: fruit lambic with apricots.

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

Grateful Pale Ale by Starr Hill Brewery is an American Pale Ale (BJCP category 18B) that hits on all cylinders: this is an excellent beer that you can drink for days.

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA by Starr Hill Brewery (BJCP Category 21B: Specialty IPA) shows promise, but seems to be showing some fragility in its flavor as oxidation takes a bit of a toll.

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sublime Citrus Wit by Starr Hill is a Belgian Witbier (BJCP category 24A) that touches on the core flavors of the classic Belgian style but doesn't venture too far from them.

Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Full Sail Brewing Co. beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (BJCP 33B).

Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Full Sail Brewing Co. beer was judged as an American India Pale Ale (BJCP #21A).

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