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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

Van Damme Strong

Van Damme Strong

Georgia
United States
Van Damme Strong, Social Fox Brewing
Description 

Banana and pineapple on the nose, and upfront in the flavor as well. Soft notes of black pepper, pear, honey, and clove in the middle. Slight alcohol warmth. Finishes dry with a hint of sweetness.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.0%
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF

 

 


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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Van Damme Strong by Social Fox Brewing is a Belgian Tripel and was judged as such (BJCP sub-style 26C).

It poured golden caramel and clear into the glass beneath a moderate white head with modest retention. Its aroma led off with malt... Read More

Tybee Island Blonde

Tybee Island Blonde by Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tybee Island Blonde by Coastal Empire Beer Co. is a kolsch-style beer and was judged as a Kolsch (BJCP sub-style 5B). It poured pale gold into the glass where it set up with a noticeable haze and a moderate head which dissipated more rapidly than it should have for this style. The aroma was mild... Read More

Queen's Weiss

Queen's Weiss by Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Queen’s Weiss by Arches Brewing is a Hefeweizen and was judged as a Weissbier (BJCP sub-style 10A).  It poured orange and cloudy into the glass where it quickly displayed a thick and fairly lasting white head. Its aroma included citrus and more pronounced clove notes.  

The flavor profile... Read More

Fistful Of Cake

Fistful Of Cake, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Fistful of Cake by Monday Night Brewing was described as an “opera cake-style coffee vanilla imperial stout,” but as instructed was judged as an Herb/Spice/Vegetable beer (BJCP sub-style 30A).  In the glass it formed a thick tan long-lasting head atop an opaque black brew. The aroma began, and... Read More

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14

Georgia
United States
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Fourteenth edition of our juicy, double dry-hopped IPA made with Talus hops. Creating a grapefruit, floral, woody, and smooth mouthfeel.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
44
Hops: 
Talus

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and was judged as such (BJCP sub-style 22A). It poured slightly hazy and golden into the glass, forming an impressively dense white head with excellent retention. Its aroma showcased the prominent floral hoppiness expected for... Read More

Rainbow Smiggles

Rainbow Smiggles

Georgia
United States
Rainbow Smiggles, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

Berliner Weisse brewed with rainbow candy, fruit cereal, pineapples, and strawberries.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
Served at: 
42 - 46º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Rainbow Smiggles by Pontoon Brewing is a mixed-style beer and was judged as such (BJCP sub-style 34B). Berliner weisse is the base style, with rainbow candy, fruit cereal, pineapples and strawberries added. It poured a hazy light gold into the glass, forming a thin white head with little... Read More

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