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 6200 beers in his tasting journal, including over 580 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 is also the founding President and a current officer of the Lone Star Circuit. He currently ranks as a Grand Master III BJCP judge.  He has judged in over 70 competitions across the United Stated, frequently serving on Best of Show panels.

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My reviews

Stick's Pale Ale

Stick's Pale Ale, Bootstrap Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stick's Pale Ale by Bootstrap Brewing is an American Pale Ale and is being evaluated as such (category 18B of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). American Pale Ales (aka APAs) are known for having an almost even balance between hop and malt character; the hop character can range from traditional... Read More

Terroir Pinot Noir

Terroir Pinot Noir, Alesong Brewing and Blending
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Terroir Pinot Noir by Alesong Brewing and Blending is a wild fermented farmhouse-style beer brewed with grape must and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (category 28C from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Wild Specialty Beers are "sour or funky versions" of specialty beers (fruit... Read More

King Tett

King Tett by Grist Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Measuring up at 7.0% abv and 30 IBU, this beer pours a light golden color with a huge, fluffy, white head.  The aroma exhibits a crackery pils malt with a moderate herbal hops and a hint of DMS.  In the flavor, the moderate crackery pils malt and the herbal and spicy noble hops take on a an even... Read More

Five Week Sail

Five Week Sail, Arches Brewing
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

Piranha Dealer

Piranha Dealer, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Piranha Dealer by Monday Night Brewing is a New England IPA with fruit and spices and is being judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (category 29B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). New England IPAs are known for their juicy/tropical fruit/citrusy hop forward character, hazy appearance, and... Read More

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

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