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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

Cognac Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout

Cognac Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout

Cognac Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

This most massive of imperial stouts is both beastly and beautiful, pouring a seductive onyx, swirling with notes of fresh espresso, toasted caramel, chocolate and cherries. Savor the warm barrel finish with every delectable sip.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
14.0
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Maris Otter Pale Malt, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate, Crystal Dark, Roast Barley, Black Malt
Hops: 
Chinook

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Cognac Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout by pFriem Family Brewers is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Specialty Wood-Aged Beers are aged in spirit barrels and should have a harmonious blend... Read More

Evil Haze Factory

Evil Haze Factory

Colorado
United States
Evil Haze Factory, WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Description 

Double India Pale Ale brewed with a villainous amount of Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado and Lotus hops. All our favorites hops make for a balanced, smooth DIPA exploding with tropical, citrus and stone fruit.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.7%
Hops: 
Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, Lotus

 

 


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

Evil Haze Factory by WeldWerks Brewing Co. is a New England 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 ... Read More

Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana

Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana

Colorado
United States
Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana, WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Description 

Hazy Double India Pale Ale brewed with Sabro + Lotus hops and Featuring Sultana Hops. We took the hop combo from our base Advanced Fluid Dynamics (Sabro + Lotus), which provides big notes of tangerine, coconut and vanilla then added newer hop Sultana to the mix, lending huge pineapple and citrus flavors.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.8%
Hops: 
Sabro, Lotus, Sultana

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana by WeldWerks Brewing Co. is a New England 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... Read More

Vanishing Point 01

Vanishing Point 01 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Innis & Gunn
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Vanishing Point 01 by Innis & Gunn is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout and is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Style Guidelines category 33A). The best wood-aged beers have a solid base style that is well-complemented by the wood and spirits. The Vanishing Point series by... 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

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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