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

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

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

KC Helles Lager

Helles Lager, KC Bier Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Helles Lager by KC Bier Co. was judged under BJCP category 4A, Munich Helles.

A true and traditional example of the Munich Helles Style in every respect.

Light Golden in color, crystal clear with a medium white head and fine bead. The aroma was honey-like with a biscuity quality... 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

Candi Belgian Tripel

Candi Belgian Tripel by Fordham & Dominion Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluation of this Belgian Tripel (BJCP style 26C) was made subsequent to a pour from a 12 ounce bottle into a 10 oz. snifter.

Banana esters come to the forefront of the bouquet profile accompanied by spicy clove-like phenols and a plethora of fruity esters. Alcohols were subdued and... Read More

Lunch

Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This IPA features a potpourri of aromas: Notes of passion fruit and tangerines combine with piney and citrusy hop aromatics to pack a real punch to the nostrils. Golden in color with a very clear, medium-white head that laced the glass nicely. The head was not tightly condensed and with the low... Read More

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