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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

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

California
United States
Fireside Chat, 21st Amendment Brewery
Description 

Fireside Chat is our holiday seasonal beer that’s brewed like a classic strong ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices and cocoa nibs for just the right festive flair. No matter how you celebrate, or where you are, grab a fire and a friend and share the season.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Pale Munich Wheat, Crystal De-bittered Black Chocolate Malt
Hops: 
Columbus Hops, US Goldings Hops

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fireside Chat by 21st Amendment Brewery is a spiced beer and is being evaluated as a Winter Seasonal Beer (category 30C from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Winter Seasonal Beers are spiced beers that are suggestive of Christmas or the winter season (such as... Read More

Chimay Grande Réserve

Chimay Grande Réserve, Abbaye de Scourmont
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Chimay Grande Réserve by Abbaye de Scourmont​ is a Trappist beer and is being evaluated as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (category 26D in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Belgian Dark Strong Ales are deceptively strong dark beers that have a harmony of rich malt, fruity esters and peppery... Read More

Mosaicism

Mosaicism by Grist Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This single hop Mosaic session IPA measures in at 4.6% abv and 52 IBU.  The aroma is very prominently Mosaic hops with aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, mango, and a bit of dankness.  The hop flavor is slightly cleaner with citrus, peaches, mangoes, and  herbs with a background of nutty malt. ... Read More

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

Connecticut
USA
When Pigs Fly, Clocktown Brewing Co.
Description 

One of our taproom favorites. This Hazy IPA is soft on the palate and double dry-hopped with three American hop varieties. It explodes with notes of tropical fruit, berries and mango. a must-have for all of you Hop Heads.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
5
Served at: 
38 - 40º F
Malts: 
Pale Two-Row, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Light Caramalt
Hops: 
Idaho 7, El Dorado, Citra

 

 


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Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

When Pigs Fly by Clocktown Brewing Co. is a Hazy IPA and is being evaluated as a Hazy IPA (category 21C in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Hazy IPAs are known for their juicy/tropical fruity/citrusy hop-forward character, hazy appearance and lighter-than-typical... Read More

Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA

Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA

Connecticut
United States
Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA, Two Roads Brewing
Description 

Cloud Sourced is a 6.5% hazy, juicy IPA that has an intense, citrus juiciness balanced with a soft malt core that, as the brand puts it “puts you on Cloud Nine!” Cloud Sourced is brewed with Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Chinook, Citra hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%
Hops: 
Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Chinook, Citra

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA by Two Roads Brewing Co. is a hazy, juicy IPA (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 ... Read More

Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA

Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA

California
United States
Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA, Stone Brewing
Description 

Stone's take on the New England-Style IPA. Overall this unfiltered double IPA is juiced up with massive tropical & citrus notes. The mild bitterness and relatively dry body compliment the style, and the residual maltiness nicely rounds it out. Lingering lime peel and tropical fruit derived from the hops stand out on the finish, begging one to seek out more.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
60
Hops: 
Loral, Mosaic

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fear.Movie.Lions by Stone Brewing Co. is a East Coast Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (category 21B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high-alcohol content style, Double IPAs... Read More

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