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

Eye of Newt

Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Catskill’s Eye of Newt is being evaluated as a Flanders Red (2015 BJCP Category 23B).  One of the difficulties in this style is displacing the sour, acetic acid character without dominating the other attributes in the beer.

Eye of Newt opens with a pleasant aroma that’s a mixture of... Read More

Bengali

Sixpoint Beer Bengali IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Bengali’s huge mandarin, grapefruit and resinous aroma isn’t for the faint of heart. The medium-low caramel and grainy malt aid in providing a counterpoint for the hoppy yet clean aroma. It’s also a stunning beer with a solid amber color with orange highlights that really shine due to the... Read More

Ubu Ale

Ubu Ale by Lake Placid Craft Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Lake Placid’s Ubu is being evaluated as an American Brown ale (2015 BJCP Category 19C) despite the brewery’s recommendation of it being an English-style strong ale. 

Ubu opens with reserved chocolate and molasses that mingles with a bit of biscuit and dried figs. There’s also a hint of... Read More

Gear Up IPA

HUB Hopworks Urban Brewery Gear UP IPA beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This IPA opens with moderate lychee, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and resin that mingle with honey and grain.  The aroma is pleasant and refreshing without the generic fruit salad character that can come from using modern New World hops.  Digging further will net you a bit of alcohol in the... Read More

Big Slide IPA

Big Slide IPA by Lake Placid Craft Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lake Placid’s Big Slide IPA is being evaluated as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A).

It pours a light amber with a hint of haze and sits beneath an ivory, persistent head. The drinker’s first impression will be an IPA in all of its permutations. Moderate grapefruit, light orange,... Read More

Hi-Res

Sixpoint Beer Hi-Res Triple IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sixpoint’s Hi-Res should come with a disclaimer: "Warning: May cause lupulin jealously when drinking other IPAs." In a nutshell, this beer is intense and not for the faint-hearted. The aroma provides a massive punch of resinous, orange, catty and papaya hop aromas with moderate alcohol and light... Read More

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