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 week

My reviews

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

Danzig

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

Judged as a 9C Strong European Beer, Baltic Porter per the 2015 style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program.

A rich chocolate malt aroma with coffee-like undertones are immediately evident upon first pour. Lager yeast notes are also present and add a pleasant... Read More

Rodenbach Fruitage

Rodenbach Fruitage by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Poured from what appeared to be an eight-ounce bottle into a nine-ounce snifter and subsequently reviewed as per BJCP 2015 style guidelines under catagory 23B European Sour Ale , Flanders Red Ale.

A complex blend of aromatics delight the nostrils upon first pour. Dark cherries are first... Read More

Hobo Life

lord hobo brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A host of hop aromas were immediately omnipresent upon introduction of this Session IPA from a 12-ounce can to a pint glass. Notes of pineapple mixed with other tropical and citrus fruit aromatics to create an enticing bouquet.

Golden in color with a medium white head and slight haze, the... Read More

Rodenbach Vintage 2015

Vintage 2015 by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Reviewed after pour from a 750 ML corked bottle into a 12 ounce snifter using guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2015 under style #23B Flanders Red Ale.

A potpourri of aromas is immediately upon you at initial pour. Intensely fruity, tart and vinous with a... Read More

Boomsauce

Lord Hobo Boomsauce Double IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A vigorous pour from a 16 oz. can produced a bold pine sap aroma accompanied by citrus hop notes and the honeyed effect of caramel malt.

Featuring a light gold color with slight haze and a medium white head, this beer's flavor profile featured a medley of hops that were distinctly... Read More

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