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 and 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

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History

Member for
4 years 1 week

My reviews

Mountain Jam

Mountain Jam, Southbound Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mountain Jam by Southbound Brewing Co. was judged under the 2015 style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program via category 34B Mixed-Style Beer.

Although categorized as a lager, many ale-like characteristics were evidenced here. Hop flavor was well pronounced in a... Read More

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake Beer Forgotten Boardwalk
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A defined vanilla aroma marries with hints of sweet corn to create a cakelike character in the nose with absolutely no hint of hops. The absence of fruity esters suggests the possibility of cold conditioning or the use of a lager yeast. This beer poured a pale hazy yellow in appearance with a... Read More

City to Shore

City to Shore by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Reviewed under the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines under category 22A Double India Pale Ale.

While assessing the above captioned beer it became evident that it leaned heavily under the parameters of a “New England IPA”, a style not yet recognized by the BJCP. I will... Read More

Crash Zone

Crash Zone by Fordham & Dominion Brewery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

I have evaluated the below described beer after a pour from a 12 ounce bottle into a .4L Pilsner glass. Since there are no recognized style guidelines for IPL's the following review is based on known parameters for lagers and how the ingredients marry together in balance.

Citrus and... Read More

Double D

Double D by Fordham & Dominion Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle and reviewed from a pint glass as a 22A Double IPA in accordance with 2015  BJCP style guidlines.

Not unexpectedly hops come to the forefront upon initial pour. Piney and citrus notes manifest themselves in a fresh and clean wave of aromatics. A light malt... Read More

Black Lager

Black Lager by Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer was appraised as an 8A Schwarzbier following the guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2015.

Schwarzbiers are not the run of the mill German lagers in that they are the only lagers that manifest a roasted malt character. The aforementioned roast is... Read More

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