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 reviews

'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

Papagayo

Papagayo, Denizens Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Papagayo by Denizens Brewing Co. was judged under category 28C Wild Specialty Beer in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Aromatic fruity notes assail the nostrils upon initial pour, which is dominated by pineapple notes and supplemented by passion fruit. The barnyard aroma of Brettanomyces... Read More

Lone Buffalo

Lone Buffalo, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Lone Buffalo by Wild Leap Brew Co. was reviewed as per the 2015 revised style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program under sub-category 33B Specialty Wood Aged Beer.

Upon first pour, an astonishing complexity of aromas were conveyed.... Read More

Lost Carnival

Lost Carnival, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Lost Carnival by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was reviewed in conjunction with the style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under subheading 33B Specialty Wood- Aged Beers after a pour from a 25.4-ounce bottle into an eight-ounce snifter.

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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

Animal Hazy IPA

Animal Hazy IPA, Denizens Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Animal Hazy IPA by Denizens Brewing Co. was reviewed under the style guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program in the provisional category as a New England IPA 21B.

A turbid Pale yellow ale with a three finger ivory head that didn’t persist. The bouquet was characterized by a... Read More

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