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

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

Wicked Pawesome

Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wicked Pawesome IPA by Metazoa Brewing Co. was jduged under category 21B Specialty IPA (New England IPA) per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Perceived aroma was intensely fruity with tropical and citrus notes leading the way. A wisp of bread-like malt was... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Speedy, The 3-Legged Cat by Metazoa Brewing Co. was judged under the style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) category 26C Belgian Tripel after being dispensed from a pint can into a Belgian snifter.

A faint sulfur note was at... Read More

Hawley Hefeweizen

Hawley Hefeweizen, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hawley Hefeweizen by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. was reviewed using parameters as defined in the 2015 style guidelines as provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under category 10A German Wheat Beer after pouring from a one-pint can into a half-liter wheat beer glass.

Banana esters... 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

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