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

Christmas Island

Christmas Island, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Christmas Island by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a spiced and barrel-aged Imperial Stout and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Specialty Wood-Aged Beers are aged in spirit barrels and should... Read More

Heavenly Helles

Heavenly Helles, Church Street Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Heavenly Helles by Church Street Brewing Co. is a Munich Helles and is being evaluated as a Munich Helles (category 4A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Munich Helles are golden lagers with a moderate pils malt character with a slight hop presence throughout.... Read More

À Tout le Monde

À Tout le Monde, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

À Tout le Monde by Unibroue is a Saison and is being evaluated as a Saison (category 25B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Saisons are typically well-carbonated, well-attenuated beers with a complex balance between phenolics, esters and hops. À Tout le Monde is produced in collaboration... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vieux Bois Gueuze by Bozeman Brewing Co. is a Gueuze and is being evaluated as a Gueuze (category 23E in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Gueuzes are unfruited lambics that are blends of one, two and three-year-old vintages. Gueuzes are traditionally spontaneously fermented leading to a... Read More

Big DIPA

Big DIPA, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Big DIPA by Wallenpaupack Brewing 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 fairly... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

pFriem Czech Dark Lager by pFriem Family Brewers is a Czech Dark Lager and is being evaluated as a Czech Dark Lager (category 3D in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Czech Dark Lagers are dark copper to black lagers with a rich maltiness. The malt flavors of Czech... Read More

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