Michael Heniff

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Beer Judge

Mike brewed his first few homebrew batches in college in 1994 and began regularly brewing in 1997.  Since then, he has brewed over 150 batches of beer, mead, and cider.  He has won over 200 medals and numerous major awards in competitions across the country.  His highest accomplishments include winning the Templeton Award (most points) of the Dixie Cup (one of the largest single-site homebrew competitions in the world) a record four times, Gulf Coast Homebrewer of the Year, and Lone Star Circuit Homebrewer of the Year.  He has had his recipes brewed at commercial breweries seven times.

Mike particularly enjoys traveling to find new beers.  He has made numerous travels abroad to find great beer, most frequently to Belgium and Germany.  He has logged over 6200 beers in his tasting journal, including over 580 beers from Belgium alone.  Mike has had brewing and beer travel articles published by Brew Your Own and Zymurgy magazines.

Mike is a current member of the Houston Foam Rangers Homebrew Club where he has held numerous officer positions.  He is also the founding President and a current officer of the Lone Star Circuit. He currently ranks as a Grand Master III BJCP judge.  He has judged in over 70 competitions across the United Stated, frequently serving on Best of Show panels.

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My reviews

Fruity Bits

Weldwerks Fruity Bits IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fruity Bits by Weldwerks Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (base style American IPA), style 29A, according to the 2015 BJCP style guide. This “rotating IPA series is inspired by [their] popular New England-Style IPA” with “hop varietals known for their tropical fruit character” and added... Read More

Stick's Pale Ale

Stick's Pale Ale, Bootstrap Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stick's Pale Ale by Bootstrap Brewing is an American Pale Ale and is being evaluated as such (category 18B of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). American Pale Ales (aka APAs) are known for having an almost even balance between hop and malt character; the hop character can range from traditional... Read More

Pêche

Pêche, Alesong Brewing and Blending
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pêche by Alesong Brewing and Blending is a wild-fermented farmhouse-style ale brewed with peaches and is being evaluated as a Fruit Lambic (category 23F in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Fruit Lambics are wild yeast- and bacteria-fermented fruit beers historically brewed in the Senne ... Read More

Dry English Cider

Dry
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Dry English Cider by Aspall Cider House is an English cider and is being judged as an English Cider (category C1B from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines).  English ciders are typically dry with moderate tannins and an occasional smokiness from a malo-lactic fermentation.

This cider pours a... Read More

Terroir Pinot Noir

Terroir Pinot Noir, Alesong Brewing and Blending
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Terroir Pinot Noir by Alesong Brewing and Blending is a wild fermented farmhouse-style beer brewed with grape must and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (category 28C from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Wild Specialty Beers are "sour or funky versions" of specialty beers (fruit... Read More

Breckenridge White Ale

Breckenridge White Ale, Breckenridge Brewery
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Breckenridge White Ale by Breckenridge Brewery is a Witbier and is being evaluated as a Witbier (category 24A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Witbiers are Belgian-style wheat ales noted for their citrusy and perfumy flavors (derived from spices and yeast) and refreshing character. ... Read More

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