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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

Hubert

Hubert, Melvin Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hubert by Melvin Brewing is an American Pale Ale and is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (category 18B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American Pale Ales are hop-forward ales (but less so than American IPAs) with enough supporting malt to balance the hops. Hubert is hopped with... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The aroma of this Berliner weisse presents moderate wheaty and grainy malt with a light citrusy fruit and a hint of sweet fruit reminiscent of prickly pear fruit.  Upon the first sip, the prominent sourness is readily evident!  Moderately puckering, the flavors of wheat and a lime citrus... Read More

KEREL Saison

KEREL Saison

Belgium
KEREL Saison, Verbeeck-Back-De Cock Brewery
Description 

Everybody knows that if you want a great summer body, you need to work on it during winter. The same goes for this beer’s complex body of flavors. It is traditionally brewed during winter and savoured during spring / summer. It’s usually very fruity with deep earthy yeast tones and a mild tartness. The VBDCK version has all of that, plus a dry character and medium bitterness perfectly suited to bathing suit season and beyond.

Taste: This easy to love thirst quencher uses different kinds of hops and grains so you’ll discover new aspects of its flavor with every sip or swallow

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

KEREL Saison by Verbeek-Back-De Cock Brewery is a Saison and is being evaluated as a Saison (category 25B in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  Saisons are typically well-carbonated and well-attenuated ales with a complex balance between phenolics, esters, and hops... Read More

Tan Limes

Tan Limes

New Jersey
United States
Tan Limes, Cape May Brewing Co.
Description 

Tan Limes is our Mexican-style Lager brewed with a touch of locally-sourced sea salt and a hint of Persian lime juice. Fresh and zesty, Tan Limes would be perfectly at home at your local cantina and is best paired with street tacos, brilliant sunshine, and close friends.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
12
Malts: 
Pilsner, Flaked Corn
Hops: 
Bravo

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Tan Limes by Cape May Brewing Co. is a Mexican-style lager with lime and sea salt and is being evaluated as a fruit beer (category 29 in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines with the base style as a 2A International Pale Lager). The fruit in fruit beers should complement the base style without... Read More

Perronelle’s Blush

Perronelle’s Blush

United Kingdom
Perronelle’s Blush
Description 

Aspall Perronelle’s Blush 

Clear, salmon-pink colour
Marked floral, apple & blackberry aroma

Assertive palate, medium in body with attractive apple & blackberry flavours Sweetish, with good acid balance and a moreish finish

Ideal aperitif and as a partner to fruit based desserts

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.7%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Perronelle’s Blush by Aspall is an English Cider with blackberry juice and is being evaluated as a cider with other fruit (2015 BJCP Style Guidelines category C2B). For this style, the apple and added fruit should have harmony; neither should dominate the cider.

The cider pours as a... Read More

Velvet Uppercut

Velvet Uppercut

Washington
United States
Velvet Uppercut, Flying Lion Brewing
Description 

There I was, enjoying the complex blend of fruity esters and subtle spice, ready to have another of this extraordinarily smooth beer when, POW! I got that Velvet Uppercut. To be continued...

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
37
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Pale, Aromatic, Munich
Hops: 
Perle, Saaz, Styrian Goldings

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Velvet Uppercut by Flying Lion Brewing is a Belgian Golden Strong and is being evaluated as a Belgian Golden Strong Ale (category 25C from the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Belgian Golden Strong Ales are noted for their deceptive strength, light color and simple... Read More

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