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

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

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

Coconut Jucifer

Coconut Jucifer, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Coconut Jucifer IPA by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was evaluated using the 2015 edition on the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines under subheading Specialty IPA 21B.

Poured from a sixteen-ounce can and judged from a pint glass.

Hazy and pale... 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

Lightning Will

Lightning Will, On Tour Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lightning Will Pilsner by On Tour Brewing Co. was rated as per style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program under subheading 5D German Pils.

Pale yellow in color and brilliantly clear with a fine bead and  big white head that poured up nicely and quickly fell off... Read More

Midnight Special

Funky Bow Beer Midnight Special Coffee Porter
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer's bouquet was strongly defined by freshly brewed coffee with a hint of toffee, vanilla and chocolate malt. A big khaki-colored head foamed up upon initial pour than fell off quickly. The beer was dark brown in color and quite clear. The flavor, much like the aroma, was predominantly... Read More

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