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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

Kick Back Session IPA

Drake's Brewing Kick Back Session IPA beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This Session IPA pours a crystal clear light golden color, sporting a small ring of off-white head. With plenty of our favorite hops (including Warrior, El Dorado, Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook and Mosaic!), the hop aroma is readily abundant with tropical fruit, tangerine, mango, resin and lightly... Read More

Smooth Criminal

Smooth Criminal

Georgia
United States
Smooth Criminal, Arches Brewing
Description 

A wheat beer with clean acidity, lactose and big additions of strawberry and Cara Cara orange.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.5
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Malted Oats
Hops: 
Magnum, Callista

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Smooth Criminal by Arches Brewing is a Catharina Sour and is being evaluated as a Catharina Sour (category X4 in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Catharina Sour is a Brazilian style that marries fruit (usually tropical) with a lactic sourness. Catharina Sours are... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Truck Chaser Strawberry Éclair by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a fruited New England IPA and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (category 29 in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The fruit in Fruit Beers should complement the base style without overwhelming it. New England IPAs are known for their... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Triporteur Wild & Funky by B.O.M. Brewery is a sour beer from Belgium that is a departure from traditional sour Belgian styles such as Lambic or Flanders Red. As such, this beer is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C). For this style, a fermentation of various... Read More

Golden Raspberry Barrel Aged Belgian Ale

Golden Raspberry Barrel Aged Belgian Ale

Oregon
United States
Golden Raspberry Barrel Aged Belgian Ale, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

pFriem Golden Raspberry Barrel Aged Belgian Ale rests in Sauvignon Blanc barrels before adding Oregon grown Golden Raspberries. The result is a sunny blonde rustic beer with notes of honeyed apricot, raspberry preserves, and fresh baked bread.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Gambrinus Pilsner, Rahr Unmalted Wheat
Hops: 
Tettnanger, Hallertau Blanc

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Golden Raspberry Barrel Aged Belgian Ale by pFriem Family Brewers is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Belgian Blond Ales (category 25A in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines) are noted for their light color... Read More

Evil Haze Factory

Evil Haze Factory

Colorado
United States
Evil Haze Factory, WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Description 

Double India Pale Ale brewed with a villainous amount of Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado and Lotus hops. All our favorites hops make for a balanced, smooth DIPA exploding with tropical, citrus and stone fruit.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.7%
Hops: 
Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, Lotus

 

 


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

Evil Haze Factory by WeldWerks Brewing Co. is a New England Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (category 21B 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 ... Read More

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