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 1 day

My reviews

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

Space Juice

Long trail beer Space Juice Double IPA
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pouring this Double IPA from a 16-ounce can, I was immediately greeted by an assertive hop bouquet. Peach aromas mesh nicely with citrus and piney notes, however there was also a faint burnt rubber aroma, which detracted from the overall aroma.

The appearance reflected an orange-like hue... Read More

So Folkin' Hoppy IPA

So Folkin Hoppy IPA Funky Bow Beer Company
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Citrus hop aromas combine with piney and fruity notes to deliver a firm punch of aromatics to the nostrils. This beer poured a quite clear copper color with a khaki-tinted head that slowly receded to a thin cap. The flavor was dominated by a tropical, juicy hop character, which melded together... Read More

King Gambrinus

King Gambrinus, Jersey Girl Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

King Gambrinus by Jersey Girl Brewing Co. was reviewed according to style parameters as outlined by the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines under designation 26C Belgian Tripel.

A very clear pale yellow rendition of the style was poured with lots of effervescence and a significant white head,... Read More

Lune de Miel

Lune de Miel by Unibroue
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This evaluation was predicated on the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines of 2015 category 26C Belgian Tripel.

Upon initial pour a pleasant complexity of aromas comes immediately into play. Yeasty phenols are dominant and accompanied by Coriander and other secondary spices.... Read More

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