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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

La Baie Sauvage

La Baie Sauvage

Oregon
United States
La Baie Sauvage, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

This tart and untamable fruit is not cultivated anywhere in the world. Our berries, foraged in NW forests, are added to our 2-year-old, Lambic-Inspired Ale to create a fruit-forward brew with notes of lemon zest and pineapple. La Baie Sauvage invites you, adventurous drinker, to take a walk on the wild side. Who’s your huckleberry now?

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Weyermann Wheat, Rahr Raw White Wheat
Hops: 
Aged Czech Saaz

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

La Baie Sauvage by pFriem Family Brewers is a sour ale brewed with huckleberries and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (category 28C in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Wild Specialty Beers are sour or funky beers with fruit or spices and are typically... Read More

Flensburger Winterbock

Flensburger Winterbock, Flensburger Brauerei
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Winterbock by Flensburger Brauerei is a bock beer and is being evaluated as a Helles Bock (category 4C in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Helles Bocks are known as pale lagers of moderately high strength with a clean fermentation, rich maltiness and a slightly higher hop level than the... Read More

King Tett

King Tett by Grist Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Measuring up at 7.0% abv and 30 IBU, this beer pours a light golden color with a huge, fluffy, white head.  The aroma exhibits a crackery pils malt with a moderate herbal hops and a hint of DMS.  In the flavor, the moderate crackery pils malt and the herbal and spicy noble hops take on a an even... Read More

Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch

Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch

Colorado
United States
Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch, Upslope Brewing Co.
Description 

Cocktail Hour is about to get a lot cooler. Who said we have to keep drinking the same drinks everyone else is drinking? And who said a great cocktail has to be so complicated? Let’s keep it casual. That’s why we set out to create a craft cocktail our way, with our Spiked Snowmelt base and fresh ingredients. Kick back with a drink made without the pretense, without the puffery, and without the pain in the ass mixologist. A drink you’d enjoy with friends, with your feet up and the laughter rolling.
Hard Sipper is a 12% ABV cocktail-inspired libation. These high-octane creations are intended to be sipped slowly and are best enjoyed over ice. House Punch is made with our Spiked Snowmelt, sugar, lemon juice, hibiscus, black tea, and nutmeg.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
12.0%
IBUs: 
0
Served at: 
34 - 38º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch by Upslope Brewing Co. and is being evaluated as a Fruit and Spice Seltzer based on The Beer Connoisseur's 2022 Hard Seltzer Style Definitions & Judging Guidelines. Fruit and Spice Seltzers are noted for the harmonious balance of... Read More

Whiffle

Whiffle

Ohio
United States
Whiffle, Rhinegeist Brewery
Description 

Balanced, dry, and effortlessly complex, Whiffle is a refreshing riff on a traditional Belgian Witbier. Airy wheat and bright citrus aromas drift in and give way to a crisp, ardent breeze bearing notes of tangerine and subtle spice—a breath of fresh air.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
6
Malts: 
Origin Malt Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat, Acidulated, Carafoam, Flaked Oats
Hops: 
Mandarina Bavaria

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Whiffle by Rhinegeist Brewery is a Witbier and is being evaluated as such (category 24A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Witbiers are Belgian wheat beers that are typically brewed with coriander and orange peel. Witbier is a refreshing style noted for its flavors of citrus and floral... Read More

Sunshine Chugsuckle

Sunshine Chugsuckle by Mother's Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mother's Brewing Sunshine Chugsuckle is a New England-style India Pale Ale and is being reviewed as a Specialty IPA (BJCP category 21B of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines).  New England IPAs (NEIPAs) are newcomers to the widely popular IPA scene.  NEIPAs are known for their fruity hop character (... Read More

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