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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 6800 beers in his tasting journal, including over 620 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 was also the founding President of the Lone Star Circuit and a former long time officer. He currently ranks as a Grand Master III BJCP judge.  He has judged in over 70 competitions across the United States, frequently serving on Best of Show panels.

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My reviews

Urban Lumberjack

Urban Lumberjack, WestFax Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Urban Lumberjack by Westfax Brewing Co. is a New England IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (category 21B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). New England IPAs are known for their juicy/tropical fruit/citrusy hop forward character, hazy appearance, and lighter than typical... Read More

Good Chit Pilsner

rogue beer good chit pilsner
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Named with a play on words on a malting term (“chit” refers to the tiny rootlets that grow from the grain during the germination phase of malting), this generically labeled “pilsner” is brewed with floor-malted barley and Liberty hops from Rogue Farms. While Czech yeast is used, both the malt... Read More

Good Seed

Good Seed

Louisiana
United States
Good Seed, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

Good Seed is a zippy lil sour beer dosed up with an unreasonable amount of Guava, Blueberry, and Raspberry.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat
Hops: 
Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Good Seed by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is a fruited Berliner Weisse and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (category 29A based on the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Berliner Weisse (category 23A in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines) beers are sharply sour beers... Read More

À Tout le Monde

À Tout le Monde, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

À Tout le Monde by Unibroue is a Saison and is being evaluated as a Saison (category 25B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Saisons are typically well-carbonated, well-attenuated beers with a complex balance between phenolics, esters and hops. À Tout le Monde is produced in collaboration... Read More

RuinTen Triple IPA

Stone Brewing Ruinten Triple IPA beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This self-described Triple IPA weighs in at an impressive 10.8 percent ABV with an impressive110 IBUs, inviting you to take "a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops." The aroma certainly represents this strength with an aggressive, slightly rough, resinous, grapefruity and orangey hop character... Read More

Hallerbos Belgian Strong Ale Aged with Amburana Chips

Hallerbos Belgian Strong Ale Aged with Amburana Chips

New Jersey
United States
Hallerbos Belgian Strong Ale Aged with Amburana Chips, Ghost Hawk Brewing
Description 

Named after an enchanting forest in Belgium, you'll be mesmerized by the various aromas and flavors of roses, plums and spice. A blend of malts, candy sugar, Lotus hops and a special Belgian yeast with a light touch of coriander create this diverse array of characteristics. Then the beer was aged on Brazilian Amburana chips for baking spice notes, such as maple syrup, butterscotch, cinnamon, vanilla and graham cracker.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
27
Malts: 
Pilsner
Hops: 
Lotus

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hallerbos Belgian Strong Ale Aged with Amburana Chips by Ghost Hawk Brewing Co. is a Wood-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale and is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (category 33A in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Wood-aged beers should have a harmonious balance... Read More

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