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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

Humulus Terreux

The Bruery Humulus Terreux beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The Humulus Terreux series from The Bruery is known for its various use of hops and Brettanomyces strains, and this beer doesn’t miss on either of these two elements. The Brett is immediately apparent in the aroma with characteristic cherry pie and leather elements along with a little barnyard... Read More

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13

Georgia
United States
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Thirteenth edition of this juicy, double dry-hopped IPA brewed with Sabro hops creating notes of tropical fruit, herbs, and pine

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
44
Hops: 
Sabro

 

 


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

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A 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 are... Read More

Jungle Joy

Brussels Beer Project Jungle Joy, Brussels Beer Project
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Jungle Joy by Brussels Beer Project is a fruited Belgian Dubbel and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (category 29 in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The fruit in Fruit Beers should complement the base style without overwhelming it. Belgian Dubbels are moderately-strong malty beers with... Read More

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout is a collaboration between Stone Brewing, actor and noted homebrewer Wil Wheaton (well known for his roles in “Stand by Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” [among many others]), and website founder Drew Curtis (founder of the satirical news website... Read More

Maple Barrel Aged Barleywine

Maple Barrel Aged Barleywine

Maple Barrel Aged Barleywine, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

What happens when you set a brewer loose in a brand new barrel facility with a mission to blend a Union-exclusive Distiller's barrel aged libation of unique distinction? Maple Barleywine; a cozy, snowed-in log cabin for the senses. That's what.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
11.4%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Maple Barrel Aged Barleywine by pFriem Family Brewers is a barrel-aged Barleywine and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Specialty Wood-Aged Beers are aged in spirit barrels and should have a... Read More

Superfluid

Superfluid, Short's Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Superfluid by Short’s Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A 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 are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy... Read More

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