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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

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Delicious IPA

California
United States
Stone Delicious IPA, Stone Brewing
Description 

When creating an IPA deserving of the name “Delicious,” intense flavor was paramount, and that’s just what this bright, citrus-forward standout brings to the table. Crafted to reduce gluten, the beer and its magnificent lemon candylike flavor and hop spice can be enjoyed by nearly everyone.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.7%
IBUs: 
75
Hops: 
Lemondrop, El Dorado

 

 


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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Delicious IPA by Stone Brewing Co. is an American IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American IPAs are hop-forward beers typically expressing American or new world hop characters that are most typically citrusy, piney or resiny... Read More

Westland Whiskey Barrel Aged Metamorphic Flanders Style Red w/Raspberry and Cherry

Westland Whiskey Barrel Aged Metamorphic Flanders Style Red w/Raspberry and Cherry

Montana
United States
Westland Whiskey Barrel Aged Metamorphic Flanders Style Red w/Raspberry and Cherry, Bozeman Brewing Co.
Description 

Rich malts, fruity flavor, brettanomyces and a sharp acidity all come together in our Flanders Style Red ale. This blend of barrels was aged in the Bozeman Underground for an average 42 months in French and American oak. Raspberry and Cherry were added late in the process to help maintain a rich, jammy character that pairs perfectly with the sharp acidity found in a traditional Flanders Style Red Ale. The piece de resistance of 5 months in Westland Whiskey barrels adds subtle notes of whiskey and further depth of oak character.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.2%
IBUs: 
8
Served at: 
45º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Westland Whiskey Barrel Aged Metamorphic Flanders Style Red w/Raspberry and Cherry by Bozeman Brewing Co. is a fruited and barrel-aged Flanders Red Ale and is being evaluated as a Mixed-style Beer (category 34B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Mixed-style beers are beers that are a... Read More

TROOPER Hallowed

TROOPER Hallowed by Robinsons Brewery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Trooper Hallowed is a Belgian Pale Ale (2015 BJCP Category 24B).  This style is typically a moderately malty and estery beer with a less aggressive yeast profile compared to many other Belgian ale styles.  This is the fourth offering from Robinson’s in collaboration with Bruce Dickinson and the... Read More

pFriem Czech Dark Lager

pFriem Czech Dark Lager

Oregon
United States
pFriem Czech Dark Lager, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Czech-Style Dark Lager is wonderfully complex, delivering notes of toffee and dates, with a kiss of roasted malts and milk chocolate. It’s brewed in the spirit of Prague’s 500-year lager tradition, inviting us all to party like it’s 1499.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
25
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner, Weyermann Floor-Malted Bohemian Dark, Sladovny Pilsen, Carafa II, CaraAmber
Hops: 
Perle, Saaz, Tettnang

 

 


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

pFriem Czech Dark Lager by pFriem Family Brewers is a Czech Dark Lager and is being evaluated as a Czech Dark Lager (category 3D in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Czech Dark Lagers are dark copper to black lagers with a rich maltiness. The malt flavors of Czech... Read More

Big DIPA

Big DIPA

Pennsylvania
United States
Big DIPA, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Description 

This out of this world double IPA is brewed with Galaxy, Comet and Vic Secret hops meant to be enjoyed under the stars on a summer’s night. Exploding with tropical fruit and citrus bitterness followed by a touch of malt to round out this big beer.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Galaxy, Comet, Vic Secret

 

 


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

Big DIPA by Wallenpaupack Brewing 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 fairly... Read More

Bastogne Ardenne Stout

Bastogne Ardenne Stout by Brasserie de Bastogne
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Ardenne Stout by Brasserie de Bastogne is a Belgian Stout and is being judged as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). The Mixed-Style Beer category is a catch-all category for hybrid beers that are not covered elsewhere in the guidelines. Belgian Stouts are... Read More

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