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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

Sap Stories: Chapter 1

Sap Stories: Chapter 1

Georgia
United States
Sap Stories: Chapter 1, Arches Brewing
Description 

Get pulled into the sappy nostalgia of the style that started a craft revolution. A sturdy British malt base supports the generous helping of Amarillo, Comet, Chinook, and Cascade.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
60
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Golden Promise, English Medium Crystal
Hops: 
Zeus, Amarillo, Comet, Chinook, Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Sap Stories: Chapter 1 by Arches Brewing is an American IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American IPAs are hop-forward beers typically expressing American or new-world hop characters that are most... 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

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

California
United States
Fireside Chat, 21st Amendment Brewery
Description 

Fireside Chat is our holiday seasonal beer that’s brewed like a classic strong ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices and cocoa nibs for just the right festive flair. No matter how you celebrate, or where you are, grab a fire and a friend and share the season.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Pale Munich Wheat, Crystal De-bittered Black Chocolate Malt
Hops: 
Columbus Hops, US Goldings Hops

 

 


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

Fireside Chat by 21st Amendment Brewery is a spiced beer and is being evaluated as a Winter Seasonal Beer (category 30C from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Winter Seasonal Beers are spiced beers that are suggestive of Christmas or the winter season (such as... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Primordial Imperial IPA by Mother Earth 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

Velvet Rooster

Velvet Rooster Tripel Tallgrass Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wow! A strong Belgian-style beer in tallboy cans – what a wonderful world it is that we live in! This crystal clear, golden ale starts with a prominent bready maltiness with a background of pear and melon esters and white pepper phenolics. The bready malt character is again in the forefront of... 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

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