Michael McGuire

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Beer Judge

Mike started homebrewing in 1983 in Baton Rouge, LA.  He subsequently continued brewing when life took him to Grayslake, IL, Lancaster, PA, Vienna, VA, and Raleigh, NC.  He was a founding member of the Lancaster County Brewers homebrew club, and later a member of the Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP), Wort Hogs, and Cary, Apex, & Raleigh Brewers of Yore (CARBOY) clubs.

He took the BJCP exam in 2000, became certified in 2002, and achieved National rank in 2005.  In addition to judging in many regional and national AHA-sponsored competitions since 2000, he has judged in several state-specific competitions for professional breweries (e.g., the Virginia Craft Beer Cup and the Maryland Governor’s Cup).

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My reviews

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blood Orange Berliner-Weisse by Goat Island Brewing is a Berliner Weisse with blood orange and was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29A). It poured golden-orange and mostly clear with only a slight haze into the glass, forming a thick, well-retained white head. Its aroma featured pleasant... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 8 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was described as a “Double IPA” and was judged as one (BJCP sub-style 22A). In the glass it formed a medium white head atop a light orange beer with only a slight chill haze. Unlike many hop-bomb Double IPAs that assault the senses with piney... Read More

Vacanza

Vacanza Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Vacanza by Wild Leap Brew Co. was described as a “Tangerine Hibiscus Gose” and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). In the glass it formed a thin white head atop a somewhat hazy reddish-orange brew. The aroma consisted of floral hibiscus notes followed by sweet citrus ones... Read More

Irrationally Exuberant

Irrationally Exuberant, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Irrationally Exuberant by Cape May Brewing Co. is a Golden Sour Ale that was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (BJCP sub-style 28C). In the glass it formed a thin white head without much retention atop a murky dark golden brew. The aroma was dominated by profound (probably lactic) sourness... Read More

Crushin' It

Crushin' It, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Crushin' It by Cape May Brewing Co. is a self-described Orange India Pale Ale and was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29A). In the glass it formed a very thin white head without much retention atop a hazy deep orange brew. The aroma was dominated by orange juice notes followed by lesser... Read More

Captain May IPA

Captain May IPA, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Captain May IPA by Cape May Brewing Co. is an American IPA (judged as such - BJCP sub-style 21A). In the glass it formed a thick white head with moderately strong retention atop a slightly hazy orange brew. The aroma began with juicy and fruity (peach, mango, pineapple) notes complemented by... Read More

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