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 II 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

C.R.E.A.M.

CREAM Sixpoint Beer Cream Ale with Coffee
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

How to get your jolt of morning java with a lighter beer you ask? Well, Sixpoint’s C.R.E.A.M. is a clean, blonde beer with a heavy dose of coffee. It’ll open up your nostrils with an above-average dusty, earthy coffee note with hints of bell pepper. In the background is a light, grainy, corny... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Put your overalls on, Catskill’s Freak Tractor, a “wild ale” is being evaluated as a Brett beer (2015 BJCP Category 28A) due to the nature of the flavors and aromas present without a lot of the characteristic funk that can come from a truly wild fermentation.

Freak Tractor hits the ground... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This APA opens with a smack in the face of grapefruit, pine and resin. Moderate caramel and heavily browned bread attempt to help support the intense hop aroma. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent and – combined with the hops and caramel malt – the beer is reminiscent of orange... Read More

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Dusseldorf Alt by Seedstock Brewery is being evaluated as an Altbier (2015 BJCP Category 7B). Upon pouring, it presents itself as a solid brown beer with garnet highlights that sits beneath a fleeting, tan head comprised of small bubbles.

The nose is quite malt-forward with toast, brown... Read More

Mountain Calling IPA

Mountain Calling IPA by Wise Man Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wiseman Brewing’s Mountain Calling 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.

Moderate toast and a hint of dry roasted nuts first... Read More

Citra-Pils Keller Bier

Vermont Citra-Pils Keller Bier by Switchback Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Switchback’s Citra-Pils Kellerbier is being judged as a Pale Kellerbier (2015 BJCP Category 7C) despite its use of Citra hops in a German lager. 

A bright peppery, floral hop character with a hint of lemon verbena will first greet you followed by moderate crackery malt.  It’s clean from... Read More

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