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 2 days

My reviews

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

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

Gold Leaf Lager

Gold Leaf Lager by Devils bAckbone Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This evaluation was made from a 12-ounce bottle subsequently poured into a 16-ounce pilsner glass and under the auspices of the 2015 BJCP style guidelines as a 4A Munich Helles.

It was a welcome change to review a tried and true beer style in these days of Coconut Curry and Tutti Fruity... Read More

KC Bier Co. Festbier

Festbier, KC Bier Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

KC Bier Co. Festbier by KC Bier Co. was reviewed  per the style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under category 7A, Vienna Lager.

A decidedly striking beer, golden in color, crystal clear with a persistent soft white head and lots of very tiny bubbles that... Read More

16 Point IPA

16 Point IPA by Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reviewed as a 22A Double IPA as per the style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program. (2015 edition)

The Hop aroma of this beer was redolent with the scent of ripe citrus fruits along with undertones of mango and pineapple. Caramel malt along with a persistent... Read More

King Porter Stomp

King Porter Stomp by Cape May Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

King Porter Stomp was poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass and subsequently reviewed under the guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program as a 9C Baltic Porter.

A big tan head filled the glass and held even with a delicate pour. Mahogany in color and very clear when held... Read More

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