James Link

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Beer Judge

A homebrewer in Connecticut for 31 years and a member of the BJCP for 29, Jim worked with Pat Baker, the driving force behind the creation and inception of the BJCP, while advancing to Grand Master ranking in 2001. With several decades of judging experience under his belt (along with many fine brews), Jim has served as Associate Exam Director for the BJCP,  appeared on Connecticut Public Television and worked with international beer experts Michael Jackson and Jim Koch in judging Best of Show for the Samuel Adams Longshot competition in 1995. James was also a judge at the 2015,2016,2018 and 2019 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado

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My articles

18 Beers For Wine Lovers
Thanks to the craft beer movement and the proliferation of new breweries and beer styles, many fascinating beers of all styles are available to...

My reviews

ORNG Double IPA

ORNG Double IPA, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

ORNG Double IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co. was reviewed in accordance with the style guidelines as established by the Beer Judge Certification Program under category 22A Double IPA.

A firm pour from a 12-ounce can into a pint glass released a potpourri of aromas that... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The following review of Situational Ethics - Vanilla Barrel-Aged Affogato Imperial Stout by Monday Night Brewing was conducted under the provisions of the style guidelines as provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under sub heading 33B Specialty Wood-Aged... Read More

Boat Ramp Champ

Boat Ramp Champ, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Boat Ramp Champ by Cape May Brewing Co. was reviewed using guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under sub-heading 4A, Munich Helles, after being dispensed from a 16-ounce can into a pilsner glass.

A fresh biscuit-like malt aroma is... Read More

Largemouth IPA

Largemouth IPA, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Largemouth IPA by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. was poured from a 16-ounce can into a pint glass and was subject to the guidelines as established by the Beer Judge Certification Program under style 21A American India Pale Ale.

A plethora of citrus-like hops come to the forefront of the aroma... Read More

'Pack & Brass

'Pack & Brass, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

'Pack & Brass by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.​ was rated under style guidelines as provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program (revised 2015) under category 30A Herb, Spice & Vegetable Beer. Poured from a 16-ounce can into a pint glass. This beer's Coffee IPA title is very misleading... Read More

Born Bohemian Pils

Born Bohemian Pils, Denizens Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Born Bohemian Pils by Denizens Brewing Co. was poured from the can into a 12-ounce pilsner glass and subsequently reviewed under the style definition as established by the Beer Judge Certification Program Style 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager.

The aroma profile reflected a clean spicy hop... Read More

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