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

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

Barnegat Lager

Barnegat Lager by Ship Bottom Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Barnegat Lager by Ship Bottom Brewery was reviewed under the auspices of the Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines as an Amber European Malty Lager (6A Marzen).

A toasted malt bouquet flows to the nostrils upon first pour. Munich malt is predominant in the aroma and is quite... 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

Curmudgeon Old Ale

Curmudgeon Old Ale
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Although the presence of hops graces the bouquet of this Old Ale, malt is the dominating aroma. Alcohol is also manifest in spades here and warms the nostrils, accompanied by hints of molasses and treacle.

Copper in color and quite clear, the head was understated even with a vigorous pour... Read More

Mexican Stout

Mexican Stout by Ship Bottom Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mexican Stout by Ship Bottom Brewery was judged as a 30A spice, herb or vegetable beer as defined in the Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines revised in 2015.

Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee are evident along with the distinct influence of Chile peppers which... Read More

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