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

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

Cape May Honey Porter

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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Honey Porter by Cape May Brewing Co. is an American Porter with honey (judged as an American Porter - BJCP sub-style 20A in conjunction with sub-style 31B – Alternative Sugar Beer). In the glass it formed a thin, modestly retained white head atop an opaque dark brown brew. The aroma began with... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Bright Pineapple Sparkling Ale by Devils Backbone Brewing Co. is a blonde ale with pronounced pineapple flavor. It was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29A). It poured light golden into the glass where it set up with a very mild haze and a medium and short-lived white head. Its aroma was... Read More

Alani The Lighthearted

Alani The Lighthearted, Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alani The Lighthearted by Reformation Brewery is a self-described Rose Ale with grape must, cranberry and hibiscus (judged as a Fruit Beer - BJCP sub-style 29A). In the glass it poured clear and deep reddish-orange with only a faint head that dissipated rather quickly.  The aroma included... Read More

Nolan The Wanderer

Nolan The Wanderer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Nolan The Wanderer by Reformation Brewery is a Brut IPA judged as a Specialty IPA (BJCP sub-category 21B). It poured gold and slightly hazy into the glass forming a thin white quickly-dissipating head. The aroma featured a strong citrus hop nose that, like the initial head, waned within moments... Read More

Strewzü

Strewzü, Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Strewzü by Reformation Brewery is a Berliner Weisse with strawberries and yuzu (an aromatic Asian citrus fruit) (judged as a Fruit Beer - BJCP sub-style 29A). In the glass it formed a sparse, shortly-retained white head atop a clear orange brew with pink highlights. The aroma began with an... Read More

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