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Michael Bury

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Beer & Mead Judge

Mike Bury is an award winning homebrewer and meadmaker for over a decade, BJCP Grand Master III judge with mead certification, and former President of the Stoney Creek Homebrewers. As a chemist, he enjoys that complex chemistry that occurs in fermented beverages during both the production and consumption phases. Forever in the pursuit of great beer and mead, he doesn’t allow the trappings of particular styles to ruin his experience. While in his spare time, he enjoys landscaping, woodworking, and most home remodeling projects.

 

My reviews

Connector IPA

Vermont Connector IP by Swithback Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Switchback’s Connector IPA is being judged as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A). The commercial definition of this style has been widely interpreted but consistently is a showcase for New World/American hop varieties.

Connector opens with intense resin, passion fruit, and guava... Read More

Banded Oak Porter

Banded Oak Porter, Banded Oak Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Banded Oak Porter by Banded Oak Brewing is being evaluated as a American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A). It poured a luscious, dark brown color with deep garnet highlights underneath a persistent, tan head.

The roast-forward nose features strong earthy coffee and bittersweet chocolate... Read More

Stand By IPA

Stand By IPA

Georgia
United States
Stand By IPA, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

West Coast is the best coast when it comes to IPAs! Wrangling back the identity of a true IPA in its piney, resin-ey and citrusy form. Hopped with some classic “C” hops and some new age hops, we take a classic style and put a new age twist on it. Initial notes of citrus bounce on your tongue, evolving into some pine and resin ending with clean bitterness that balances out the beer.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.6%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
46 - 50º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Stand By IPA by Pontoon Brewing is being evaluated as a traditional West Coast style American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A). This IPA pours a light amber color with only a minimal amount of haze. It sits beneath a cream-colored, mousse-like head.

The hop-forward nose is fairly intense and... Read More

Lazy Hazy Housy

Lazy Hazy Housy

Connecticut
United States
Lazy Hazy Housy, Great Falls Brewing Co.
Description 

Juicy and hoppy with a tangerine color, Lazy Hazy Housy is brimming with El Dorado, Citra, and Mosaic hop character.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
26
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Pale Ale, Pilsner Malt, White Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops: 
Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, CTZ

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Lazy Hazy Housy by Great Falls Brewing Co. is being evaluated using the new 2021 BJCP style guidelines, Category 21C for Hazy IPA. As per the style, it pours hazy but not murky with a beautiful tangerine color and a mousse-like, off-white head that lingers.

Dominating tropical hop flavors... Read More

Resin

Sixpoint Beer Resin Double IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An intense, freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice aroma with lemon and resin is the first thing that will greet your nose followed by moderate, honey-like grainy malt. Hidden underneath are light berry esters similar to strawberries.  Resin is a fairly beautiful beer with an orange-amber color and... Read More

413 Farmhouse Ale

413-Farmhouse-Ale-by-Big-Elm-Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

413 Farmhouse Ale by Big Elm Brewing is being evaluated as a Biere de Garde (2015 BJCP Category 24C) due to the malt-forward backbone coupled with a restrained Belgian character. 

This farmhouse ale is quite a bit different than your typical, grippingly dry saison that many may call a... Read More

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