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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

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Touch of Brett Mandarina by Alesong Brewing and Blending is a Brettanomyces-fermented farmhouse-style beer and is being judged as a Brett Beer (category 28A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Brett beers are noted for their distinctive wild yeast characters from a Brettanomyces... Read More

DBA

Firestone Walker Beer DBA Pale Ale
DBA
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful, crystal clear amber with a resilient off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The malt is at the forefront of the aroma with complex bready, nutty and toffee characters underneath. But only a touch of earthy hops shows through, and the expected esters are... Read More

Bière de Mars

Bière de Mars

Colorado
United States
Bière de Mars , Bruz Beers
Description 

A collaboration between Bruz Beers and Omer Vander Ghinste in Belgium. Tart Brett nose with summer fruits. Complex flavors of Brett/Lacto with notes of apricot, lemon and pineapple

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.6%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
48º F
Malts: 
English Pale, Wheat Malt, Raw Wheat
Hops: 
Hallertau Blanc, CTZ, aged Crystal

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Bière de Mars by Bruz Beers is a blend of a Flanders Red Ale and a Saison and is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Flanders Red Ales (category 23B) are sour Belgian ales that are noted for their intense red... Read More

Five Week Sail

Five Week Sail

Georgia
United States
Five Week Sail, Arches Brewing
Description 

This unique style combines the bold flavor of an English Porter and richness of a Russian Imperial Stout. It is the only porter that is a lager, as cold fermentation was necessary to preserve it during the long voyage across the Baltic Sea. This strong style boasts a roasty, caramel profile accompanied by mild chocolate undertones.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
38 - 40ºF
Malts: 
Locally-sourced Munich Malt, Vienna malt, Specialty Malts
Hops: 
Magnum, Saaz

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Five Week Sail by Arches Brewing is a Baltic Porter and is being judged as a Baltic Porter (category 9C from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Baltic Porter is a style that originated in countries along the North Sea with historical ties back to the porters and stouts that were being made in... 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

Redux Kenspeckle Scotch-Style Ale

Redux Kenspeckle Scotch-Style Ale

California
United States
Redux Kenspeckle Scotch-Style Ale, Garage Brewing Co.
Description 

Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Scotch Ale with notes of Sweet Toffee, Molasses, and Toasted Oak.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.9%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Redux Kenspeckle Scotch-Style Ale by Garage Brewing Co. is a bourbon barrel-aged Scottish ale and 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... Read More

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