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

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

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship by Cape May Brewery is a barrel-aged Imperial Stout and is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (category 33A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Imperial Stouts are the strongest of the stouts frequently displaying flavors of roasted, chocolate, and ... Read More

Riegele Noctus 100

Riegele Noctus 100, Brauhaus Riegele
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Riegele Noctus 100 by Brauhaus Riegele is an Imperial Stout and is being evaluated as an Imperial Stout (category 20C in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). Imperial Stouts are the strongest of the stout family and are noted for their strength and complexity with a myriad of dark malt flavors... Read More

Chillax

Chillax, Bootstrap Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Chillax Pineapple Gold Ale by Bootstrap Brewing is a Blonde Ale brewed with pineapple and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer with a Blonde Ale base-style (categories 29A and 18A (respectively) from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Fruit beers should complement the base style well without... Read More

Zombie Monkie

Zombie Monkie Robust Porter Tallgrass Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours pitch black in color, almost opaque, with a finely beaded tan head. The first impression reveals a potent roasted barley character more reminiscent of a stout with complementing dark chocolate and espresso. The body is thick, rich and slightly sweet; again showcasing a prominent... Read More

Wreak Havoc

Wreak Havoc, Bootstrap Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wreak Havoc by Bootstrap Brewing is an Imperial Red Ale and is being evaluated as Specialty IPA (category 21B Red IPA). Red IPAs are hoppy and bitter like traditional American IPAs but have more of a malt contribution with flavors of caramel or toffee. Wreak Havoc weighs in at 8.5% abv and 88... Read More

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