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

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

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

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

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

Tesseract

Grimm Artisanal Ales Tesseract Double IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This hazy, peach-colored Double IPA with a medium-white head delivered a very distinct passion fruit aroma with notes of overripe tangerines and just a wisp of citrus.

Although hops are more pronounced in the flavor than was the case in the bouquet this beer wafted, it is still defined by... Read More

G-String Pale Ale

G-String Pale Ale Funky Bow Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer poured a clear amber color with a medium-white head. Its aroma featured citrusy orange and grapefruit elements -- very reminiscent of Cascade hops. A subtle touch of bready malt was also noted behind the hop fragrances. The citrus hop aroma carried over into the flavor profile and... Read More

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