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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

Upslope Japanese Style Lager

Upslope Japanese Style Lager

Colorado
United States
Japanese Style Lager, Upslope Brewing Co.
Description 

Flaked rice adds a pleasant toasty note and lightens the body to yield an extremely crisp and refreshing lager. Its delicate effervescence paired with a snappy hop character and a bone dry finish makes it the perfect complement to a wide variety of food. The ultimate crispy boi for those hot summer days.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
13
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Flaked Rice, Malted Two-Row
Hops: 
Contessa

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Japanese Style Lager by Upslope Brewing Co. is a Japanese-style Lager and is being evaluated as an International Pale Lager (category 2A in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). International Pale Lagers are golden-colored lagers with less adjuncts than typical... 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

Steel Toe Milk Stout

Ska beer steel toe milk stout
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Aromas of roasted chocolate, espresso, toast, treacle and a hint of anise invite the drinker into the first sip. Luscious, pitch black and creamy are the obvious first impressions regarding this beer's apperance. The creaminess and semi-sweetness are derived from the lactose but they fall short... Read More

Loon Call

Loon Call

Maine
United States
Loon Call, Batson River Brewing
Description 

A German style Pilsner which utilizes a balanced and layered variety of pilsner malts complemented noble hops. Light in body with slight bready notes and restrained bitterness.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.6%
Malts: 
Pilsner Malt, Barke Pilsner Malt, Low Color Pilsner Malt
Hops: 
Magnum, Mittelfruh, Pearle, Saaz

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Loon Call by Batson River Brewing & Distilling is a pilsner and is being evaluated as a German Pils (category 5D in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). German Pils are noted for their light color, high attenuation, clean lager fermentation, German hops and a dry... Read More

Lundi

Lundi, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Lundi by Monday Night Brewing is an American IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American IPAs are hop-forward beers typically expressing American or new world hop characters and are most typically citrusy, piney or resiny in... Read More

Ground Control

Ninkasi Ground Control Barrel-aged Imperial Stout beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs then aged in Old Forester Bourbon barrels for four months. If that isn’t quite enough, this beer is part of the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP); the ale yeast used in this beer has survived a trip to space and back! The... Read More

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