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

Free Spirit No. 6

Free Spirit 6 Terrapin Coppertail Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer poured a mostly clear, lightly hazy, rich orange color. The initial thick white head disappeared quickly. The aroma was complex, replete with sour notes, fruity esters and the earthy funk often found in farmhouse ales. The resulting nose was pleasantly multi-dimensional, suggestive of... Read More

Vinology : Syrah

Vinology : Syrah, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vinology: Syrah by Monday Night Brewing was described as a “hybridized American wild ale, and an oak-fermented American wild ale co-fermented with syrah grapes” and was judged as a Mixed-Style Beer (BJCP sub-style 34B). There was no declared base beer style. In the glass it formed a very thin... Read More

Corrosion

Corrosion, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Corrosion by Cape May Brewing Company is a Kettle-soured IPA and was judged as a Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (BJCP sub-style 28B).

It poured brilliant gold and very slightly cloudy into the glass, where it formed a moderate white head with moderate to poor retention, which was not... Read More

Woodbreaker

Woodbreaker, Urban Artifact
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Woodbreaker by Urban Artifact was described as a black cherry lemonade and a  “Midwest Fruit Tart” with sweet dark cherries, lemon juice and vanilla beans, and it was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). In the glass it formed a mildly fizzy white head with virtually no... Read More

Pinwheel

Pinwheel, Urban Artifact
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pinwheel by Urban Artifact was described as a “Gose with orange and vanilla bean” and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). In the glass it formed a very temporary thin white head atop a slightly hazy gold-orange brew. The aroma consisted of dominant fresh orange notes... Read More

Pocketwatch

Pocketwatch, Urban Artifact
Judges Rating:
73
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Pocketwatch by Urban Artifact was described as including Concord grapes, red plums and black currants, was listed on the can as a Midwest Fruit Tart, and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B).  In the glass it formed an extremely thin white head with virtually no retention... Read More

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