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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

Strawberry Margarita Gose

Strawberry Margarita Gose

Louisiana
United States
Strawberry Margarita Gose, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

Strawberry Margarita Gose is a sessionable 5% sour beer that we've amped up loads of strawberry purèe and a dash of lime. The body and saltiness of the Gose makes this a full-spectrum Margarita experience.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
Malts: 
Two-row, Wheat
Hops: 
Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Strawberry Margarita Gose by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is a gose with strawberry and lime. It was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29A).

This beer poured light pink into the glass where it set up slightly hazy, topped by a... Read More

Rollin' & Tumblin' IPA

Southbound Rollin and Tumblin IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American IPA poured clear orange with a thick white head with modest retention. The aroma featured both malt and hops whose character combined floral and bitter notes rather than the citrus aromas that dominate many other American IPAs. The flavor profile featured fruity esters and the same... Read More

Holy City Saison Brett

Holy City Saison Brett by Holy City Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Blonde Saison Brett by Holy City Brewing is a Saison brewed with brettanomyces yeast (brett) and lactobacillus and was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (BJCP sub-style 28C). This hybrid beer has lots going on, and virtually all of it is good. For starters, it poured light pale and mostly cloudy... 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

Bright Pineapple Sparkling Ale

Bright Pineapple Sparkling Ale

Virginia
United States
Bright Pineapple Sparkling Ale, Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Description 

What’s a sparkling ale? Well, it’s an ale, first of all. But the “sparkling” describes the dry, effervescent, and bubbly mouthfeel. It’s also packed with delicious, all-natural pineapple flavor, low in carbs, and only 85 calories soaking wet. So you can enjoy it without undoing your workout. Or…even if you didn’t get a workout in and you’re just spending your afternoon counting the hot air balloons that float over the Blue Ridge Mountains, this bubbly brew won’t weigh you down!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.1%
IBUs: 
3
Malts: 
Pilsner, Pale Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Hops: 
Amarillo

 

 


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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

Hiya Gourdie

Hiya Gourdie

Florida
United States
Hiya Gourdie, Motorworks Brewing
Description 

Hiya Gourdie® is hazy auburn-colored with a medium body and well-rounded with prominent sweet, pumpkin pie flavors derived from pumpkin puree and fresh galangal, an Asian ginger-like root, and heady aromas of mint and fresh, spicy cinnamon.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Hiya Gourdie by Motorworks Brewing is a pumpkin ale brewed with additions of galangal root, a ginger-like root vegetable, and was judged as an Autumn Seasonal beer (BJCP sub-style 30B). It poured dark amber with moderate clarity into the glass, forming a thin white... Read More

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