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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My reviews

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

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

Hopgasm

Manayunk Beer Hopgasm Sticky IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A plethora of aromatic hops are released upon pouring this IPA from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. This type of aroma strongly suggests the aggressive use of dry hopping which in this case featured a bouquet of passion fruit, sticky pine and citrus.

The appearance reflected a hazy... 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

KC Bier Co. Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen, KC Bier Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hefeweizen by KC Bier Co. was reviewed as a 10A German Wheat Beer as defined by the Beer Judge Certification Program’s style guidelines revised edition of 2015. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 22-ounce wheat beer glass.

A Hefeweizen by all accounts. Pale yellow in color and lightly... Read More

Gemini

Southern Tier Gemini
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A firm citrus fruit hop aroma comes through cleanly to greet the nose and is accompanied by piney notes and a hint of grainy malts. This is a clear amber ale with a medium white, finely beaded head that keeps on coming.

The hop-forward flavor is reminiscent of the aroma profile and... Read More

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