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

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

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

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