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

RuinTen Triple IPA

Stone Brewing Ruinten Triple IPA beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This self-described Triple IPA weighs in at an impressive 10.8 percent ABV with an impressive110 IBUs, inviting you to take "a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops." The aroma certainly represents this strength with an aggressive, slightly rough, resinous, grapefruity and orangey hop character... 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

Pinchy Jeek Barl

Pinchy Jeek Barl Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Upon initial impression, the aroma exudes bourbon barrel-aging characteristics of prominent bourbon, toasted oak, and vanilla. Pumpkin spices build in intensity with each whiff, eventually matching and melding with the barrel characters along with a chocolate and caramel malt background. The... Read More

Pauwel Kwak

Pauwel Kwak
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pauwel Kwak by Bosteels Brewery is a Belgian specialty ale and is being judged as a Belgian Specialty Ale (2008 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines category 16E).  The most recent version of the guidelines has eliminated this Belgian "catch-all" category and suggests that it be judged as a Clone Beer (... Read More

Decadent Imperial IPA

Ska beer Decadent Imperial IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This has everything that you want to see in a double IPA: plenty of hops abound with enough malt character to lend support. This beer starts appropriately hop-forward with aromas of resins, grapefruit and citrus fruits. In the flavor, the hops continue to be upfront: tons of citrus, with... Read More

Dryades

Dryades NOLA Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Dryades by NOLA Brewing is a Belgian sour brown (Oud Bruin) with plums and cherries and is being reviewed as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Style Guidelines category 28C).  Oud Bruins are known for their complex malt and fruity characters with a light sourness that often creates a sweet-and-... Read More

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