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

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Granite Falls’ TailyPo is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) using a Belgian dark strong as the base style. Expectation for this style is wonderful marriage of beer, barrel, and spirits character.

Upon first sniff you’ll be greated by a depth of... Read More

Ball Lightning

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Catskill’s Ball Lightning Pilsner is being evaluated as a German pilsner (2015 BJCP Category 5D) although different sources of information put it somewhere in limbo land between German and Czech variants.

The nose opens with restrained grainy malt with subtle notes of honey.  Low to... Read More

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

Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Granite Falls’ Canis Rouge is being evaluated as a Sahti (2015 BJCP Category 27) with an addition of fruit. Although it could also be evaluated as a speciality fruit beer (2015 BJCP Category 29C) based on the fact that it’s a historical style which contains an intriguing process for the... Read More

Polynomial Pale Ale

Polynomial Pale Ale, Four Mile Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Polynomial Pale Ale by Four Mile Brewing is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (2015 BJCP Category 18B).

The nose opens with moderately-high tropical fruit featuring mango, guava and papaya. Just a whisper of passion fruit and resin rounds out the hop-forward aroma. However,... Read More

Switchback Ale

Switchback Ale by Switchback Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Switchback’s Switchback Ale IPA is being judged as a Best Bitter (2015 BJCP Category 11B).  However, according to the brewery it doesn’t fit any particular style as it was developed with a flavor profile and not a style in mind.

Moderate dry biscuits and toast with light caramel opens the... Read More

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